'City of Lights' decision expected next week
By RYAN FERGUSON
GIBSON CITY — A city council committee will decide next month whether the city should move ahead with the mayor's "City of Lights" plan.
The Police/Health, Light and Nuisance Committee is scheduled to meet at 7 p.m. Feb. 3 at City Hall on whether the city should spend an estimated $5,000 for an engineer to perform a preliminary analysis.
Mayor Dan Dickey said during this week's city council meeting he intends to put the plan on next month's council agenda.
"Then, we'll decide if we want to move on to do the full project," Dickey said.
Dickey said he was contacted by Sean Widener of Clark-Dietz Engineers in Champaign about the project, which would involve removing the old street lights lining Sangamon Avenue and replacing them with energy-efficient LED street lights on cast-aluminum poles.
Also installed on both sides of the street would be in-ground colored LED lights, which would be directed upward at trees and could be programmed to change colors, strobe or even be synchronized to music.
Widener serves on the village board in Mahomet and has worked on several similar lighting projects throughout the state.
"We along with our partners have extensive experience with LED lighting, energy-savings grants and colored LED lightscape applications that I think are a great fit for Gibson City," Widener wrote in an email to Dickey on Jan. 16.