Shedding some light: Communication ongoing between PPL and Denver officials

By on July 13, 2016

Denver council members concurred that although they’re getting closer to a resolution on street light buyback pricing, they are “not there yet.”

Projected savings could be up to $50,000 annually. The borough won a grant in excess of $200,000 to assist with construction costs associated with the buyback and conversion to all LED streetlights. Right now the borough is still within the required timeline and the grant money is not in jeopardy.

In early July borough officials received a response to their letter which was sent in May. This response time, or longer, has been typical for PPL. Denver has been working on the streetlight buyback for more than two years.

Borough Manager Mike Hession told council that the solicitor advised a response letter confirming the items the borough requested and to which PPL agreed in an effort for collective forward movement.

“I’m thinking we should consider setting up a meeting,” said Councilman Todd Stewart, at the Monday, July 11, meeting. “It takes them a long time to respond to a letter.”

Stewart suggested everyone bring any documents needed for discussion so that agreement could be reached.

Hession said he’d look into setting up a meeting with borough representatives and PPL officials.

Some items in the latest PPL correspondence include:

* Depreciated values for five years of street lights are higher in 2016 than the 2015 depreciation schedule by PPL.

* PPL previously agreed to remove 39 of the 159 underground fed streetlights, leaving a balance of 120 that the borough will purchase. PPL correspondence states a total of 128 lights. The origin or status of other eight lights is unclear to borough officials.

* The depreciated values for the fiberglass street light poles are higher in 2016 than the 2015 depreciation scheduled by PPL.

In other business:

* Council approved planting and dedicating for the late Margaret “Peggy” Showalter a pink dogwood tree at the front of the municipal building at 501 Main St. Showalter served as borough secretary for 28 years until her retirement in 1998.

* The borough filed four non-traffic citations with the district justice for a property with a deteriorated exterior basement door, downspouting missing, or in disrepair, accumulation of rubbish and trash on property, and a deteriorated porch.

* Council approved the request, pending fulfilling conditions, of Jaclyn Noel, a Columbia University student with roots in the Denver area, to film on South Fifth Avenue, on Sunday, July 31.

* Councilman Mike Gensemer reported on a meeting with Mayor Rod Redcay, Hession and Randy Mauer, Associated Building inspections. They reviewed draft changes to the borough’s property maintenance code ordinance as well as proposed changes to the animal ordinance and the borough’s uniform construction code ordinance.

* Council learned that the Denver Pool sold 221 memberships this year, 10 more than were sold in 2015.

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