Cascade hears LED conversion proposal

by Rodney Schroeter
of The Review staff

CASCADE — The Village Board heard a proposal Tuesday night to convert the lights in all village facilities to LED lights.

Art Garcia of Great Lakes Eco Systems of Saukville distributed a handout to the board. He then went over costs and technical aspects of lighting. Great Lakes would do all installation, dispose of hazardous material, and calculate all rebates.

The village could recoup its up-front costs for the conversion after a few years, Garcia said, in savings from lower electricity consumption. But he said another benefit would be the durability of the new lights. “My guess is, some of these lights, you’re not going to have to replace for over 20 years,” he said.

Lights are under warranty for five years. Any that fail will be replaced and installed for free.

Garcia said Great Lakes had recently replaced the lights at the Cascade Cheese Co. and said they were very satisfied with the conversion.

Trustee Gerald Hendrickson was quite familiar with lighting technology. He said a salesperson will emphasize wattage, which can be misleading; a light of low wattage, claimed to be a replacement for a higher-wattage bulb, might seem dimmer when installed, because it gives off fewer lumens than the old bulb. Hendrickson said that lumens should be one consideration when talking about replacing lights.

“That’s correct,” Garcia replied. He said for every customer they work with, they check each room to ensure the level of lumens is retained. “That is absolutely a very good question,” he told Hendrickson.

The board was given two sample tube lights to inspect. Garcia said they are non-glass and unbreakable.

Village President David Jaeckels asked if the baseball diamond lights at Cascade Memorial Park could be replaced. Garcia said Great Lakes does service that kind of lighting.

Several board members were enthusiastically receptive to the proposal. But because of the way the topic was listed on the agenda, the board could take no action. Jaeckels said he would appoint a committee to do a detailed study in the next month, so it can be brought up at the June meeting, when the board will make a decision.

Trustee Jason Harrison gave a follow-up on purchasing trees to replace those destroyed by the emerald ash borer. The village will receive about $2,400 due to Harrison’s application for grant money. Donations have been received, and other resources have been volunteered. Residents wishing to donate money or volunteer time or other resources for trees in the village can contact Village Clerk/ Treasurer Kayla Simanovski at (920) 528-8642.

At the April meeting, the board had approved Police Chief Jason Liermann’s request to take the squad car to the county’s service station when service is needed. Jaeckels provided a follow-up.

Liermann had reported to him that the car’s brakes and rotors were replaced. Several other issues were found that were still under warranty. Repair costs were very low. Several board members said they’d done the right thing by granting Liermann’s request.

The board unanimously approved:

• One operator’s license.

• Trustee Jim Larson’s building permits report. There were four.

The village Cleanup Day will be Saturday, May 12, from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. This will be rain or shine. Residents wishing to have their yard waste, tree waste, or brush removed should have it at the curb, cut side or trunk side toward the street. It would be appreciated if residents with large amounts assisted with its pickup.

Open Book will be Friday, May 11, from 2 to 4 p.m. The Board of Review will be Tuesday, May 29, from 4 to 6 p.m.


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