RATEPAYERS have been assured they will not foot the bill for street lighting left running throughout the day, Dubbo City Council manager civil infrastructure Steven Clayton says.
His assurances come amid complaints from residents about seeing lights on at the Macquarie Street and Wingewarra Street corner over several days. One resident asked the Daily?Liberal whether ratepayers would foot the bill for the extra use of power.
However, Mr Clayton insists ratepayers would not be handed down the cost and that the operation of street lighting was managed by Essential Energy and charged to the council on an annual basis with pre-determined hours of operation for that period.
“As such, council is not subject to additional charges if lights are on during daylight hours,” he said.
Mr Clayton said council’s street lighting budget is funded with rate revenue, however, it is subsidised with money from the state government for the operation of highway lights.
The council encourages energy efficiency and recorded significant savings in recent years, Mr Clayton said.
“For example, a 14 per cent decrease in energy consumption across council’s buildings, businesses and facilities in 2010/11 resulted in savings of up to $200,000,” he said. “The reduction can be attributed to the installation of solar system technology and implementation of other energy efficiency initiatives, which continue to result in savings.”
Essential Energy regional general manager Matt Patterson said streetlights were essential for community security and safety but without the community’s help they could not be kept operating at the optimum level.
“Unfortunately people are not reporting faulty streetlights, which often means they are faulty for longer than they need to be,” he said.
Blown lamps are often to blame for faulty street lighting, however, spider webs have been known to black out light sensors, which could be the reason why some lights failed to switch off in daylight hours.
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