This photo provided by the Town of Parker shows the light pole at City Park that toppled over Aug. 18 during a monsoon storm. The corrosion on the pole is clearly visible. The cost of replacing the pole will be paid for from and insurance settlement the Town received. The Public Works Department found corrosion in all the poles in the park, and recommended they all be replaced in the next fiscal year.
This photo provided by the Town of Parker shows the light pole at City Park that toppled over Aug. 18 during a monsoon storm. The corrosion on the pole is clearly visible. The cost of replacing the pole will be paid for from and insurance settlement the Town received. The Public Works Department found corrosion in all the poles in the park, and recommended they all be replaced in the next fiscal year. Smart Street Light
The Parker Town Council approved three items for the Public Works Department at their Nov. 15 meeting that are meant to improve the town’s streets and facilities. The first was for engineering work to improve drainage at the intersections of Joshua Avenue and 16th and 17th Streets. The second was for a new light pole at one of the ballfields at City Park, with the need for more light poles next year. The third was for new, energy-saving windows at Town Hall.
Engineering work to improve drainage
The council approved hiring Atkins Engineering to create plans for drainage improvement at a cost of $30,172.
Public Works Director Steve Ziegler told the council that poor drainage at the corners of 16th Street and Joshua Avenue and 17th Street and Joshua Avenue have led to big puddles of standing water every time it rains. It could take days or weeks for the water to drain off or evaporate, depending on the time or year.
The water has caused severe damage to the asphalt, Ziegler said. The asphalt needs to be replaced. However, that work can’t be done until the drainage is improved. Atkins will study the locations and crate plans for improving drainage.
“It will likely involve a valley gutter, dry wells and catch basins,” Ziegler told the council.
Ziegler emphasized this is just for the engineering work and plans. The actual project will require another council approval.
Replacement Light Pole at City Park
The council approved the purchase of a new light pole from Musco Sports Lighting LLC at a cost of $40,000. The funds will come from an insurance settlement the Town received, so there is no fiscal impact to the Town.
Ziegler told the council that a monsoon storm on Aug. 18 damaged some of the town’s infrastructure, including blowing over trees and a light pole at Field 1 at City Park. He said the downed pole showed signs of heavy corrosion. An inspection of other light poles at the park showed they also had corrosion, though it was mostly on the inside of the poles.
“For safety reasons, staff recommends replacing these poles in the next budget year,” Ziegler said in a memo to the council.
Musco is the same firm that installed the lights at Aaron Hill Field, the town’s Little League ballfield. The cost will include a precast concrete base, a galvanized steel pole, factory wired and tested remote electrical components enclosures, factory wired pole top luminaries (lights) assemblies, and assembled light fixtures.
Council Member Randy Hartless asked what happened to the old pole and lights. Ziegler replied the old pole was taken to the public works yard, where it will be cut up and sold for scrap. The old light fixtures were saved and can be used as spares.
Hartless also asked if the new light fixtures would be LEDs. Ziegler replied that they would.
The Town received a check for $41,592 as an insurance settlement for the downed pole and trees from the Aug. 18 storm. Funds from the check will be used to pay for the new light pole.
New windows at Town Hall
The council approved a contract with Rudy Glass Co. of Lake Havasu City to install 32 double-pane windows at Town Hall and the Parker Police Department for $18,758.93.
Ziegler said the department wanted to replace these single-pane windows for double-pane windows as a means of saving on energy costs. This would include 28 windows on the front of the building and four windows on the back.
In a memo to the council, Ziegler said 70 percent of energy loss is through windows and doors. He said installing these new windows could save the Town up to 24 percent of their energy costs in winter and 18 percent in summer.
Rudy Glass had the lowest bid on this item. Advantage Windshield & Blass bid $24,776.39, A&K Glass bid $24,241, and Rust’s River Glass bid $22,602.37.
The funds will come from the fiscal year 2022-23 General Fund Capital Budget.
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