Millersburg soon will receive rebates through American Electric Power for making the switch to more efficient LED bulbs in village offices, street lights and cross walk signals.
The village is finishing the final touches on the project, which involves switching light fixtures from fluorescent and incandescent bulbs to LED bulbs.
The switch extends to the village's interior office fixtures and emergency exit signs, countdown-style pedestrian signals, traffic-control bulbs and Victorian fixture bulbs.
Last week, Village Administrator Nate Troyer finished the program incentive applications with AEP calling the process a "bear."
"Assuming everything is approved, we should be getting in the neighborhood of $1,600 back," he said. "A lot of the lights didn't qualify under their standards, but the majority of them did."
The bulbs that do not qualify simply may not be Energy Star listed … yet.
However, the village can apply to have the bulbs recognized if the bulbs meet certain testing requirements, said Troyer, so there is more paperwork ahead.
"They may be approved, they may not," he said.
According to AEP, Energy Star certified LED lights consume 75 percent less energy than conventional incandescent lights.
The village is finishing up the installation of the remaining bulbs. The LED countdown signals have been installed in one out of three downtown intersections.
"The pieces break when it's cold, so it's better to do it on warmer days to avoid going through hardware," said Troyer, noting the installations will take two days at the most.
Millersburg Electric is waiting for fair weather to finish its portion of the project.
The project will not only save the village energy, but will provide a long term cost savings.
Before the project was implemented, lighting the building interior used 7,914 watts, reported Troyer. With the replacement bulbs, the village was able to remove 5,728 watts.
The funds to make the switch came from the County's Permissive Use Fund, not the village general fund.
Clerk-treasurer Karen Shaffer commended Troyer for filling out the lengthy paperwork.
Council also decided against contracting out all of its street sweeping.
"We have received pricing from Buckeye Sweeping to contract out the street sweeping in the village," said Troyer.
With a cost of $4,850 to sweep the entire village for the first spring cleanup and $4,200 per visit after the initial cleaning, the price is cost prohibitive, said Troyer. To clean only the downtown -- from Mad Anthony Street to Crawford Street, Clinton Street to Adams Street -- would run the village $765 per visit.
To clean from Wooster Road to Clay Street and from South Washington Street from the Glass Doctor to the Ohio Department of Transportation Garage -- a stretch Troyer calls the "main drag," -- would cost $845 per visit by Buckeye Sweeping.
"I really don't think we want to spend $4,000 on street sweeping," said Troyer. "We might look into doing the main drags in the spring, because that is really where the accumulation is. At your discretion, we can look into doing the downtown before main events."
The events would include the Holmes County Antique Festival and the Annual Thunder Over Holmes County Independence Day Festival.
Council had decided to consider contracting out street sweeping services due to a faulty village street sweeping vehicle.
Reporter Kelley Mohr can be reached at 330-674-5676 or firstname.lastname@example.org.