WILMINGTON, NC (WECT)- Wilmington City Council members are considering better ways to light the Kenan Fountain downtown.
According to an update from the city's Public Services Department, the city is looking for better ways to improve the illumination of the fountain by increasing the lighting in the fountain itself. According to a new "update" plan, "increasing the light levels inside would improve the contrast between the fountain and the surrounding area."
In the plan, it states that the city is considering lighting proposals from two companies- Musco and Graybar.
The plan states that the Musco lighting proposal involves, "placing traffic poles at the center of each quadrant in the intersection to be extended by 5 feet and an LED mounted at the top to provide non-glare down light to the street, sidewalk and intersection." The Musco proposal states that additional LED fixtures would be installed at ground level at the curb base around the fountain to light the lower half of the fountain. This method would cost $50,000 to $60,000.
According to the plan, Graybar's proposal would be to install LED fixtures on the second level of the fountain which would illuminate the highest fountain bowl. The plan states that LED tubes would be mounted at the crown above each bench and the lip of the bench. This proposal would cost $25,000 to $30,000.
On Tuesday, City Council will consider settling with the insurance company of a driver who struck the fountain with a car. The city could receive $50,000 according to Malissa Talbert, a city spokesperson.
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