Floodlights and repairs coming to Marietta | News, Sports, Jobs – Marietta Times
New floodlights for Buckeye Park softball fields and additional repairs needed at Marietta Aquatic Center were discussed Tuesday evening at Marietta City Council’s Lands, Buildings and Parks committee meeting.
Public Works Director James Wark said the 62 new LED ballpark floodlights the city is getting for Buckeye Park will be a significant improvement in terms of better service life, better energy consumption and better light quality.
The Marietta branch of WV Electric Supply Co. is supplying the lights for a total of $15,500. The city will be doing the work to install them, and Wark said he would like to get them up before winter. The move to LED, instead of sodium vapor or halide is possible because the fixtures on the the old lights are at the point of needing replaced.
“When I first got here, we were changing the Third Street ballpark lights all the time,” Wark said. “The longevity of these bulbs is a blessing.”
He noted that American Electric Power has just upgraded lights at the Indian Acres boat ramp. LED lights also went in at the levee before the Ohio River Sternwheeler Festival. At Indian Acres, AEP owns the perimeter lights and charges the city a set fee per light fixture. The Buckeye Park lights are metered, however, so the savings on the electric bill will be “significant,” Wark said.
The discussion on LED light benefits was a prelude to Wark asking if it would be possible to establish a lighting fund that would cover LED updates and maintenance for lighting at every city park and every city-owed parking lot. When questioned, he estimated that $100,000 might be a practical amount. The idea of such a fund being established will be presented to council at its regularly scheduled meeting at 7:30 p.m. Thursday at the Armory Room 10.
As for the Marietta Aquatic Center repairs, the bid came in lower than anticipated this year but the contract only specified up to 100 square feet of repairs. At this point, 4,400 square feet of repairs have been found necessary. Additionally, Wark said, the city in the past repaired pool surface damage with caulking. Water got into the control joints in the concrete base and in cold weather, the freezing and thawing effect damaged the control joints. The contractor does not want to do the resurfacing until the control joints are repaired by another contractor. The combination of the two efforts “should give us a good pool facility for another 20 or 30 years,” Wark said.
Wark and the Lands, Buildings and Parks Committee members discussed contingency money and American Rescue Plan Act funds that might be used. Wark is hoping the path to funding can be clarified in time for action to be approved at Thursday’s council meeting and the contractor can begin right away, before the project runs into bad weather delays.