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City Councilmembers tour Aquila streetlight installation

City Councilmembers Terry Riley and Cindy Circo, 5th District, met yesterday with members of the City of Kansas City, Mo., Capital Improvements Management Office on Aug. 23 to tour the progress on the Aquila neighborhood streetlight installation project.

During the tour, CIMO provided information on phase one of the project, which includes 975 updated streetlights in the Aquila power territory.

The new lights are designed to meet lighting standards of the Illuminating Engineering Society of North America, as well as the requirements of the National Electric Code and the National Electric Safety Code. The lights also incorporate construction criteria set forth by the City and the American Public Works Association. The streetlights will illuminate sidewalks and streets with an energy efficient, high-pressure sodium vapor fixture.

“This is a great project for the city and for the 5th District,” said Ralph Davis, acting manager of CIMO. “The new streetlights will continue the progress the City has made in providing improved and uniform lights along their streets and roadways. When this work is finished, it will be a tremendous asset to the residents and those traveling through the area.”

The Aquila streetlight upgrade follows four years of Kansas City Power & Light upgrades after a 2005 vote for streetlight improvements. The project is financed by general obligation bond revenue and sales tax. The first phase is scheduled to be complete by March 1, 2008.

Media inquiries and other requests for more information about this issue should be directed to Sean Demory, CIMO communications specialist, (816) 513-0059.

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