Voters OK $7,500 for fire station lights


PARIS — Residents voted at a special town meeting Monday night to allocate $7,500 to repair faulty exterior lighting at the Paris Fire Station.

The money had been in an account to pay for the fire station’s heating system. Voters agreed to move $7,500 for fire station lighting, which has been failing for years, causing expensive bulbs to blow.

During its regular meeting Monday, the Board of Selectmen voted unanimously to award a contract to A.D.S. Electric Inc. of Norway to replace the lights.

Town Manager Phil Tarr said the company’s bid $6,779 was the lowest of the three submitted.

Selectmen voted to have A.D.S. do the work for up to the $7,500 allotted, in order to allow for possible contingencies. Tarr said if the work went over the amount selectmen approved, another meeting would be necessary.

At the Feb. 13 meeting, Tarr said that 11 of the 16 exterior lights at the station weren’t working. He said the town should replace them with energy-efficient LED lights, which are eligible for a rebate from the state.

Tarr told selectmen he expected between $1,800 and $1,900 in rebates. The LED lights would use 52 watts while putting out more light than the current 150- to 200-watt lights in place.

“It’s fantastic the way LED technology is working,” Tarr said.

In addition to the A.D.S. bid, Flanders Electric of Norway bid $7,150 and Vermont-based Optimal Energy bid $8,474.

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