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Downtown Lodi lights to be discussed Tuesday

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Posted: Friday, February 7, 2014 12:00 am

The Lodi City Council will receive a report on the status of some 334 lights in Downtown at its Tuesday shirtsleeve session.

City staff will discuss the possibility of replacing, repairing or entirely removing some or all of the 150 lights and 184 power outlets located in Downtown.

The session comes after several Downtown merchants and residents questioned why there were no Christmas lights adorning trees along School Street in December.

City of Lodi officials in November told Downtown merchants, who traditionally decorate the trees, that they would not be able to string up lights due to malfunctioning outlets at the base of the trees.

The damage to many of the outlets on School Street is apparent, as some are bent backwards or covered in dents. Staff said most of the damage is due to weather and age, but vandals and drivers attempting to park on School Street have also bent the outlet boxes.

In addition to the damaged outlets, the recessed lights at the base of each tree have also not been working.

Staff will also discuss the cost of replacing or repairing the faulty equipment, which could be as much as $210,000, according to their reports.

The city council’s shirtsleeve session begins at 7 a.m. Tuesday at Carnegie Forum, 305 W. Pine St.

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