Rosenberg is about to be lit — by LED streetlights, that is.
At the last regular Rosenberg City Council meeting, council members voted in favor of an LED street light installation agreement with CenterPoint Energy.
The electric company will replace and install LED luminaires to existing street lights throughout the city.
According to city staff, the city currently has approximately 3,005 street lights and 2,732 would be included in the LED replacement project.
By switching to LED street lights, the city will reduce street light energy consumption between 40% and 50% and save an estimated total of 86,592 kilowatts of electricity per month.
This means the city will save approximately $40,000 to $50,000 per year.
City Manager John Maresh said that the project will be completed within one year.
“It’s a good thing and I think any time we can save money, it’s a pretty awesome deal, so I’m in favor of it,” council member Kevin Raines said.
Council member Tim Anders agreed. “It’ll look better going down the streets,” he said. “And to save money? Hey, that’s just an extra plus.”
Maresh explained that the change in lights will not alter the amount of light emitted in the city.
“I’m glad to hear they’re going to be emitting the same luminocity as the old lights,” council member Susan Euton said.
“We have lighting restrictions because of the observatory nearby.”
Mayor Bill Benton said LED lights are a little more glare-y, but they’re better than nothing.
Council member Marc Morales made a motion to install LED luminaires to existing street lights throughout the city. The motion was seconded by Anders and passed unanimously.
In other business, council members unanimously reappointed Benny Wleczyk to a two-year term of office on the Fort Bend Subsidence District board of directors.
Wleczyk is currently serving in this position and has served since January 9, 1990, city staff noted.
“I believe he’s done a good job,” Benton said. “He’s dedicated, he’s loyal, he has a good attendance record.
“I see no reason not to reappoint him. He’s a volunteer, he enjoys it.”
City Secretary Danyel Swint pointed out that Wleczyk attended every Fort Bend Subsidence District meeting in 2020 and only missed two meetings in 2019.
“We have confidence in him and we appreciate his service to the city,” Benton finished.