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Danbury effort to buy street lights stalls

Danbury has been trying to buy street lights from Eversource Energy so they can be converted to LEDs. 


Currently, if bulbs are broken, the city still pays energy costs for them.  With the LED bulbs, the city would only pay for the energy it used. 


Eversource hasn't yet told the City how many street lights there are.  The utility wants to go out at night to count the ones that are lit.  City Finance Director David St. Hilaire says it could be late summer by the time the street lights are counted.  The current street light replacement program is budgeted at $200,000.


During the replacement, technology could be installed to create free WiFi zones for access by students at Naugatuck Valley Community College and WestConn, library patrons and downtown businesses.  The WiFi initiative, dubbed ConnectHatCity, was proposed by Mayor Mark Boughton during his state of the city address in December 2014. 


Boughton previously estimated it would cost $3 million to buy the light poles from Eversource.