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Founder’s Park, downtown areas getting lighting

November 26th, 2013 7:48 pm by Nathan Baker

Founder’s Park, downtown areas getting lighting

Founder’s Park and nearby downtown areas will soon be getting stately lighting fixtures to match the mood intended by city leaders’ recent revitalization work.

A quorum of the Johnson City Power Board’s Board of Directors unanimously approved a $384,550.25 bid Tuesday for decorative lighting fixtures and their installation in the park and along a stretch of State of Franklin Road, for which the utility company expects reimbursement from the city.

Pennsylvania-based WESCO International Inc. submitted the lowest bid by the deadline set last week, and was awarded the contract.

The installation of the few-dozen fixtures will light the walkways in the new creekside park and extend the downtown lighting scheme along State of Franklin Road in front of the historic train depot, which is currently undergoing renovation and rehabilitation.

The new lights will look similar to the antique-style lamps on decorative green poles already installed through much of downtown Johnson City’s core.

Power Board CEO Jeff Dykes said the utility will recoup the expenses for the materials and with money already budgeted by the city for the Founder’s Park project.

“We bid it out, we install it, and then the city reimburses us for the costs,” Power Board CEO Jeff Dykes said. “So, that’s a cost that gets paid back to us by the city.”

Dykes added that the bid came in a bit lower than what the city expected.

Other business

• The board also approved a $169,765.75 bid for seven new vehicles, including SUVs and pickup trucks from Erwin Motors.

•The JCPB will serve as a USDA Rural Development loan administrator to provide interest-free loans for economic development. Dykes said the program will help to encourage business growth throughout the utility’s coverage area.

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