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LED lights for parking garages pulled from city's stimulus plans

A plan to replace more than 800 inefficient lights in city-owned parking garages with long-lasting LED lights seemed doomed from the start.

Vice Mayor Jim Skelton leveled arguments against them and said it just doesn’t make sense to pull functioning lights just to save some energy. (See The Eagle’s story about that.)

Now the city has pulled them from the list of projects they plan to fund with the federal stimulus money being given to cities across the country.

But the proposal, which council members will vote on Tuesday, still includes the other projects. Those include:

• $3.6 million to put a “green roof” on the Rounds and Porter Building that sits just west of City Hall

• $1.6 million to connect the K-96 bike path to the I-135 path

• $560,000 to synchronize stop lights at about 227 intersections

• $264,000 for voluntary energy conservation programs and education

• $15,000 to buy a cardboard baler for Century II