The Goodyear City Council will consider authorizing spending $3.1 million for a project to convert 9,160 streetlight fixtures from high-pressure sodium to light-emitting diode when it meets in regular session at 6 p.m. Monday, Sept. 14.
The meeting is open to the public, but occupancy in council chambers is limited because of COVID-19 safety restrictions. Attendees are required to wear face masks and may be cycled in and out of chambers to accommodate speakers.
Streetlight electricity cost the city $840,700 in fiscal 2020, according to a staff report. Converting to LED is expected to save $311,600 in the first year after the conversion. The city also spent $111,300 for streetlight maintenance in fiscal 2020, and conversion is expected to reduce costs by 80% the first year.
Staff will recommend the council approve paying in full instead of over time, which will save $400,000 in interest, according to the staff report.
In other business, the council will:
• Consider reinstating its intergovernmental agreement with the cities of Peoria and Surprise for the restart of the pilot Community Paramedicine Program funded by a $175,000 United Healthcare grant with Peoria.
The program kicked off in September 2019 and was paused in March because of the COVID-19 pandemic. According to a staff report by Fire Chief Paul Luizzi, Peoria will no longer participate in the program, but will administer the remaining $89,000 in grant monies.
Under the program, paramedics help to coordinate care for elderly patients who otherwise would use the 911 system or emergency rooms for non-emergency care. They act as patient advocates and connect them to health services outside hospital ERs, freeing up critical bed space.
In its first six months, the program served 225 patients, including 74 from Goodyear.
• Consider a Planning and Zoning Commission recommendation to approve the preliminary plat for Estrella Parcel 11.H, subdividing approximately 25 acres at Cotton Lane and Estrella Parkway into 67 lots and 5 tracts for Newland Communities’ Lucero neighborhood.
• Hear a presentation by Economic Development Project Manager Darah Mann, who will discuss future plans and programs for the city’s Innovation Hub, which has assisted those looking to open their own businesses with one-on-one mentoring, classes and workshops since its creation in 2015.
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