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Riverside Park Lights

Posted by ppna on December 22, 2007

Some things never change here in Ypsilanti. We are a town dealing with a severe budget deficit yet we still can’t seem to get our act together. About a month ago I attended a forum on proposed changes to Frog Island and Riverside Park. The event was a great forum for citizens to get involved with the renovations of our parks. Shortly after I attended the event I noticed the city was installing new lights at Riverside Park. This didn’t make sense to me but it is typical of our cities structure. Why did we spend $83.000 to replace lights that we are proposing to replace at some point in the future.

The other issue is with the city once again not listening to the citizens about the direction we want the city to head. As mentioned previously there is the Ypsilanti Solar Initiative of which many of our councilmen and Mayor have signed the pledge Part of the pledge is get Ypsilanti going forward and getting good press for its progressive thinking. Not so with the lights in the Park. Ann Arbor received international attention with its pledge to retrofit existing lights to LED lights. Ann Arbor predicted a 3.8 year payback on their initial investment. I can only imagine that payback would be much cheaper on an initial install instead of a retrofit. In the long run the LED lights are cheaper, use less energy, and require a lot less maintenance why don’t we use them?

It is really time for our City Council to start over seeing projects in our city. We can only survive if the people we have in charge of overseeing things open their eyes.

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