2 months, 2 weeks ago by Jim Dewey
OLC also looking at new lighting for exposition halls
Due to the lack of a quorum - the Oakley Lindsay Center Board did not hold an official meeting this month, but those members in attendance were brought up to date on a couple of on going projects.
Executive Director Rob Ebbing noted that construction on the new parking lot is well underway and dirt work for the warehouse has also begun. Those projects are expected to be completed by next Spring.
Ebbing also told the board that the Civic Center has applied for grants for lighting upgrades in Kent and McClain Halls.
He said the current lighting is over 15 years old and needs to be replaced. They are looking into LED lighting which would save as much as 60 percent on electricity.
And Ebbing said "because the existing lights put out so much heat, there would be some air conditioning savings."
Since the lights can be dimmed, he says the LED lights will be more versatile and won't need to be at full brightness for every event.
Studies are underway to make sure the LED lights will put out as much light as the older style lights.
bbing says since the OLC is one of the first of its size in downstate
Illinois to look into LED lights, organizations which might give grants to
the project are more interested.