Mark A. Carter: Vet Modesto lighting upgrade

06/16/2014 4:00 PM

06/16/2014 4:01 PM

Regarding “Council weighs energy upgrade” (Page B1, June 10): If it sounds too good to be true, then most likely it is.

These words come to mind when reading your article regarding the Siemans Industry proposal to upgrade Modesto city lighting.

Everything in life comes at a cost. I would state that the cost sometimes may be worth it only if it truly provides value to the consumer. However, I implore the Modesto City Council members to be vigilant and truly study what is being proposed. Shouldn’t this be sent out for competitive bids? During a time where the city finds itself laying off police officers and fire personnel and closing fire stations, can the city truly borrow more money with the hopes of saving money in the future?

I believe in reducing the carbon footprint, but sometimes these efforts actually cause more peripheral damage to the carbon footprint than what they claim to save.

What are the metrics reported from other cities that have made similar deals with Siemens Industry? What are the complaints? Please be vigilant!

Mark A. Carter, Modesto

Editor’s note:

The City Council voted 6-1 June 10 to enter into an $8.4 million agreement with Siemens Industry to have the global corporation’s building-technology division in Hayward replace about 9,500 streetlights and upgrade the exterior and interior lighting at 16 city facilities and the heating, ventilation and air conditioning at the Police Department. The deal is not final until the council approves the project’s financing at its June 24 meeting. The Modesto City Council meets at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday in council chambers, Tenth Street Place, 1010 10th St.

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