Elimination of Streetlight Inspections

11 Jan 2021
CLOSED: This discussion has concluded. ON NOV. 24/20, COUNCIL VOTED TO INCLUDE THIS COST REDUCTION IN THE 2021-2025 FIVE YEAR BUDGET

UPDATE: ON NOV. 24/20, COUNCIL VOTED TO INCLUDE THIS COST REDUCTION IN THE 2021-2025 FIVE YEAR BUDGET

PROPOSED COST REDUCTION STRATEGY

Inspections are performed on all City-owned streetlights. Inspections occur every five weeks and, due to the nature of the work, are performed during overtime shifts (requiring two employees working three to four hours per shift). This inspection process could be eliminated by changing to a complaint-based model, where a resident informs the City that a streetlight needs maintenance. 

Even with the current inspection process, the majority of repairs are initiated by resident complaints. A complaints-based system is not uncommon. This is similar to how BC Hydro operates.


COST SAVINGS: UP TO $20,000

The elimination of streetlight inspections by City staff will result in a $20,000 cost savings, all of which is overtime.


POTENTIAL IMPACTS

  • The processes for residents to report streetlight issues (using the MyKamloops app or by contacting the Civic Operations group) would remain unchanged. The impacts would be minimal.


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