About Proposed New,
Whiter Street Lamps
The Greeneville Board of Mayor and Aldermen will consider on Tuesday a resolution urging the Tennessee Department of Safety and Homeland Security to restore services that the department recently removed from the Greeneville-Greene County Drivers License Service Center.
As of Jan. 1, the local Drivers License Service Center on Hal Henard Road is providing only two main services:
* reinstatement of drivers' licenses that have been suspended or revoked, in cases where the drivers have completed the requirements for reinstatement -- this service is designed for those who need it in all the counties in Northeast Tennessee;
* photo IDs for voting purposes.
For other traditional Drivers License Service Center functions such as knowledge tests, road tests, license renewals and license duplications, Greene Countians must now go to Drivers License Service Centers in either Morristown or Johnson City.
Some renewals and license replacements can be done here online at tn.gov/safety/dlmain.shtml
A resolution similar to the one the Board of Mayor and Aldermen will consider will be taken up on Monday at the meeting of the Greene County Commission.
The city board is scheduled to meet at 4 p.m. on Tuesday in the G. Thomas Love Boardroom of the Greeneville Light & Power System Building.
OTHER AGENDA ITEMS
Also on the agenda are:
* a presentation from Bob Windham pertaining to the prohibition of the possession, sale, delivery, transfer, or attempt to possess, sale or deliver or transfer synthetic drugs;
* a presentation from Bill Carroll, GL&PS general manager, on a proposed street lamp replacement project;
* consideration of payment to the Greene County Partnership for Greeneville Historic signage; and
* consideration of a weapons policy in the Greeneville Fire Department.
STREET LAMP PROJECT
The Town of Greeneville has for the last few months been seeking feedback on new street lamps along a portion of Main Street in the Greeneville Historic District.
On a trial basis, the more energy-efficient lights have been placed on eight lampposts on South Main Street between Depot and Summer streets. All eight are on the same side of the street as the Greene County Courthouse.
The new lights emit a whiter color, when compared with the more amber color emitted by the existing lights along downtown streets.
The Board of Mayor and Aldermen voted in August to authorize Mayor W.T. Daniels to pursue the trial of the new lights.
Town officials said several weeks ago that a limited amount of feedback had been received since the trial began.
Nearly all of the feedback has been negative, officials said, primarily because of what appears to be a brighter color.
FEATURES OF BRIGHTER LAMPS
The new lights use 70 watts of electricity, compared with 150 watts for the existing lights, according to Elumenate Lighting, LLC, of Johnson City.
The lighting company is working with the town and the Greeneville Light & Power System to conduct the trial.
According to Jerry Brock, the company CEO, using the new lights in 500 fixtures would save the town $21,300 annually in energy costs.
The payback on the cost to install the new lights would be 1.6 years, according to Brock.
FOR HISTORIC DISTRICT?
Public Works Director Brad Peters said in December that the negative feedback may be related to the fact that the whiter lights have been placed in the historic part of town.
"I'm hoping that we'll use some of them in some capacity, but I'm just not sure if we'll use them all over town," Peters said.
If the new lights are used, they likely will be installed in phases to prevent high up-front cost, he added.
Peters said he hopes the Board of Mayor and Aldermen will make a decision on the new lighting in January.
Bill Carroll, general manager of the Greeneville Light & Power System, said that, when the newness of the lights wears off, some citizens may appreciate the fact that the white light more accurately shows what color things are downtown.
TO PROVIDE FEEDBACK
To provide feedback about the new lights that are being tried, citizens are invited to call Peters at Greeneville Town Hall, 639-7105, or leave a message for one of the town aldermen or the mayor at that number.
Alternatively, of course, as on any public issue, citizen opinions can be provided to the aldermen or mayor by telephone call or personal contact.