I watched the recent Beacon City Council meeting (on TV) where a consultant presented a proposal to replace existing streetlights with LED lights. I have several concerns regarding this:
1) why would the City of Beacon (us, the taxpayers) contract ANYTHING (of significant cost) without competitive bids being sought?
2) the projected "break even point" was, I believe 17 years! Does anyone think that it is wise to have the same company that is trying to get business also conduct the economic analysis? And any economic projection beyond 5-10 years would seem to be pretty ludicrous, especially considering the very precarious economic situation of our country.
3) shouldn't some of the cities who have made this switch to LED lighting be contacted to find out what their results and costs have been, compared to the projected costs?
4) the consultant is asking for $7,500 to conduct a negotiation with Central Hudson, as if this is a done deal with them. If they want to be considered for the business, their cost of setting up the cost of the project should be on their own dime.
I don't know if any city council members, or the mayor, reads posts here, but I would appreciate it if someone would point them to this post. Thanks.