Tatiara District Council is progressing plans to improve the street lighting on Woolshed Street.
Back in April, the council reported that an assessment of the lights showed they did not meet Australian standards.
Council director of infrastructure and operations Aaron Hillier said the council had two options – to refurbish the existing poles and upgrade the luminaries or to replace them entirely.
At the May council meeting, Cr Jamie Jackson put forward a motion to trial refurbishing two Woolshed Street light poles, one with powder coat paint and the other with two-pack paint.
During discussion, Cr Robert Mock suggested the council proceed with the refurbishments using only the two-pack paint system to refurbish all the street light columns in Woolshed Street.
“We aren’t going to see much of a difference from the trials now, but in 20 years when the powder coat paint starts chipping away and the two-pack paint stays intact,” Mr Mock said.
“We should just go with the two-pack paint option and save money and time.”
Mr Hillier said conducting trials was an important step before proceeding with finalising refurbishment details.
“If we trial the two types of paint options then we can choose which one we want to go for instead of spending money doing all of them straight away,” Mr Hillier said.
“The look of the two different paint types are subjective but we also want to see how bright the new globes are.
“The council should look at the trials and then make a decision whether they want to refurbish the whole lot or look at replacing all the lights.”
The council voted in favour of the motion to proceed with trialing refurbishments on two Woolshed Street lights.
Mr Hillier said the cost of the trials would be $2750.
“The trials should be completed within the next month,” Mr Hillier concluded.