St. Cloud City Council to Consider Test of New ‘Smart’ Street Lights
ST. CLOUD - A plan to bring some high tech street lights to St. Cloud could soon be moving forward.
The city council will consider the approval of buying five LED lights during their meeting on Monday night. Four of them would be placed at the four corners of the downtown intersection of St. Germain Street and 5th Avenue. The city would use the fifth one for testing purposes.
Assistant Public Works Director Steve Lawrence says the "smart" lights are much more than just lights, they also have cameras, digital signage, and an audio system. If the council gives their approval, the smart lights could be up and running by late June. If they're successful, Lawrence says they could have as many as 10 of the lights along St. Germain Street and 5th Avenue by the end of the year.
Besides their high tech capabilities, they're also much more efficient to operate, cutting the city's electric bill by more than half.
Mayor Dave Kleis unveiled the new lights earlier this month during his State of the City address.
While the new smart lights would be installed downtown, there's another program to completely change out all of the existing high pressure sodium lights to new energy efficient LED street lights throughout the city by the end of 2016.