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The City of Charlottetown is spending more $215,000 to install lantern-style street lights along Fitzroy Street and most of Acadian Drive, similar to the one shown here by Jerry MacDonald, superintendent of public works for the city.
The City of Charlottetown is lighting up Fitzroy Street and most of Acadian Drive.
At its December public meeting, city council voted in favour of two resolutions to spend $215,175 (not including HST) on lantern-style street lights to improve visibility in those areas.
Graybar Canada will supply the lights at a cost of $181,317 while Campbell's Concrete Ltd. takes care of the concrete bases for $33,858.
It is not new money.
The money was already budgeted for in the 2015 capital budget but since the tenders just got approved that money will simply be transferred into the 2016 capital budget.
"It's a project that has been on the books for a couple of years,'' said Coun. Terry Bernard, chairman of the public works and urban beautification committees. "We're looking to finish Fitzroy Street with old-fashioned lanterns and we're also looking at doing Acadian Drive.''
When Bernard talks about Acadian Drive, he's referring to most of the street.
The city has a multi-purpose path on the street, two senior-friendly apartment buildings (112 units in total) and 185 mini-homes in Riverview Estates, not to mention the subdivision itself.
"A lot of people use that walkway and it isn't lit very well so last year in the capital budget we talked about putting up lanterns.''
I didn't think this was a done deal. Coun. Jason Coady
These lanterns are similar to what the city has in other areas, such as Victoria Park.
However, there seemed to be some confusion over the matter during the council meeting.
Councillors Mitchell Tweel, Jason Coady, Bob Doiron and Kevin Ramsay voted against the resolution for the lights.
Tweel said he doesn't recall council giving approval for lights on Acadian Drive.
Bernard responded that council discussed it last year.
Finance chairwoman Melissa Hilton confirmed that it's in the budget and was discussed.
Coady wanted to know how the price broke down in terms of cost to outfit Fitzroy versus Acadian.
"I tend to agree (with Tweel),'' Coady said. "I didn't think this was a done deal.''
And, in a bit of an oddity — considering the lights and bases form to make one pole — while Coady and Doiron voted against the lights and bases, Tweel voted against the lights but supported the concrete bases.