Agenda Item SB
April 22, 2014
Faden, Senior Legislative Attorney
Bill 4-14, Streets and Roads - County Street Lights
Transportation, Infrastructure, Energy and Environment Committee recommendation
enact Bill 11-14 with a technical amendment.
Bill 4-14, Streets and Roads - County Street Lights, sponsored by Councilmembers
Berliner, Floreen and Riemer, Council Vice President Leventhal, and Councilmembers EIrich,
Andrews, and Navarro, was introduced on January 28,2014. A public hearing was held by the
Committee on February 11 and a Transportation, Infrastructure, Energy and Environment
Committee worksession was held on February 26. At the hearing, a representative of the
Executive expressed the Executive's general support for the package of environmental initiatives
(©9). Council staff will transmit any specific comments on these bills from the Executive when
they are received.
As introduced, Bill 4-14 would require any contract that the County enters into to
maintain street lights to be with a company that specializes in LED lights. Many current street
lights are outdated and inefficient, and LED lighting is more energy efficient and requires less
Councilmember Berliner explained the purpose of this Bill in his January 14
memorandum describing his proposed energy/environmental package. See ©S.
The Fiscal and Economic Impact statement for this Bill will be transmitted after March
17 (see ©4).
In testimony submitted to the Council, both the Montgomery County Branch of the U.S.
Green Building Council (USGBC) and the Potomac Valley Chapter of the American Institute of
Architects encouraged the Council not to limit Bill 4-14 to LED lights. The USGBC, in
particular, urged the Council to allow for an engineering solution for each street light location in