(Toledo, OH) Toledo City Council is expected to vote today on the outgoing mayor's so-called Smart City initiative.
Mayor Paula Hicks-Hudson wants to spend 400-thousand dollars on improving the city's street lighting.
The mayor is proposing to use the capital improvement money on a plan to convert city street lights to LED technology. The idea follows a citizen-driven initiative along Broadway to convert 200 street lights in the Old South End. The mayor contends studies show that LED lighting helps to improve pedestrian and driver safety in neighborhoods.
As part of the program, a pair of consultants would prepare a cost-benefit analysis for additional “smart technologies” associated with lighting upgrades.