Ocean Springs aldermen consider lighting upgrades in city buildings

tleytham@sunherald.comJuly 15, 2014 

OCEAN SPRINGS -- The Board of Aldermen authorized the city attorney Tuesday to review a contract with Mississippi Power Co. that could save the city $25,000 a year.

A study showed upgrading to energy-efficient fluorescent lighting in 10 city buildings would save the city 25 percent in power bills, said Danielle Crowder, Mississippi Power governmental segment manager.

The upgrades would cost $78,000, which would be paid back over five years.

The cost would be for interior lighting only. The study did not include new city buildings such as the police station, which already have the newer technology.

The city will make a decision on the upgrades at a future meeting.

Also Tuesday night, Jackson County supervisors John McKay and Troy Ross presented the Board of Aldermen with a check for $205,000 for the city's recreation programs.

McKay said the supervisors wanted to present the check in person so residents realize the contribution the county makes to the city.

He said the county has also spent $750,000 in paving in the city and $225,000 on sand replacement at the beach.

"We react to those things as quickly as we can," he said of the sand replacement.

That money comes from discretionary funds and is not guaranteed, the supervisors said.

McKay added the county also gives money to the Mary C. O'Keefe Cultural Center and Walter Anderson Museum.

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