City leaders have approved the purchase of all the Rocky Mountain Power-owned street lights within city limits for $157,686. The move is expected to help save costs in the future.
The purchase, finalized by a recent city council vote, gives the city possession of 373 street lights on wood poles within city limits. There are 446 street lights within the city, but until the action only 73 were owned by the city.
The move is expected to save the city approximately $30,000 a year in maintenance costs, according to Keith Johnson, assistant city manager.
City leaders had not included funds for the purchase in the 2011-2012 fiscal year budget so the expenditure will be covered from the general fund and the budget will be amended in June to reflect that change, Johnson said.