Kankakee, IL – Updating streetlights is on the horizon for the City of Kankakee. The Environmental Services Utility (ESU) was recently awarded a ComEd grant in the amount of $18,500. The funds will need to be used by the end of August 2021.
The Streetlights in Distressed Communities program sponsored by ComEd provides free funding to support communities who are in need of upgrades, as well as benefit from the ComEd Energy Efficiency Program.
“In doing our part to conserve energy and make improvements that promote public safety, I would like to thank ComEd for awarding the City of Kankakee these funds. Under the direction of our ESU Superintendent, Pete Schiel, his team continues to leverage the strong partnership with ComEd to bring savings to our community,” said Mayor Wells-Armstrong.
City owned streets that are not on state routes within the City of Kankakee will be upgraded to high efficiency LED streetlights. The new installed lights from the grant will include 12 on Rink Road by Kankakee Community College, 15 in Prairie Walk area, 10 on Harvard Drive, and 12 on the Station Street bridge totaling 49 fixtures.
Medal pole streetlights are the City of Kankakee’s responsibility. Wooden pole streetlights are ComEd’s responsibility and have already been upgraded.
To determine eligibility for the Streetlights in Distressed Communities program, ComEd uses data from the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity (DCEO), the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), and the Economic Innovation Group (EIG).
For more information on how to report a street light outage, visit https://citykankakee-il.gov/post_custom.php?s=2020-10-29-how-to-report-a-street-light-outage-wooden-poles-and-metal-poles.
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The City of Kankakee is dedicated to protecting, building, and nurturing the community while enhancing lives. We are a historic, vibrant, and active riverfront community. We continue to transform into an extraordinary place to dream, grow, and thrive. Embracing our diversity, we strive to be progressive, inclusive, and innovative. For more information on the City of Kankakee, please visit the website at www.citykankakee-il.gov.