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New lighting approved for Trussville Sports Complex

By Gary Lloyd

TRUSSVILLE — The Trussville City Council earlier this month approved new lighting for the Trussville Sports Complex.

The cost is between $2.1 million and $2.2 million, Mayor Gene Melton said. He said the lighting will be paid for through low-interest, energy-efficient bond money.

The work will be done by Trane for an energy-efficient lighting system that is expected to save the city a considerable amount on utility costs. The project is expected to be completed by the start of baseball season in the spring.

“This will include our baseball fields, football fields and tennis courts,” Trussville City Council President Buddy Choat said. “The surrounding neighborhoods will probably be happy, too, because this will lower the lighting in that direction.”

In November, the city council approved a resolution that planned for the city to be reimbursed if it spent funds up front for the lighting. According to the resolution, the city proposed to issue approximately a $2.5 million aggregate principal amount of its general obligation warrants for the purpose of paying the costs of acquiring and constructing various capital improvements to the lighting system in the sports complex.

The improvements are expected to reduce energy consumption by at least 20 percent. City officials expect the warrants will be issued no later than Dec. 1, 2014.

Scott Buttram contributed to this story.

Contact Gary Lloyd at news@trussvilletribune.com and follow him on Twitter @GaryALloyd.

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