Niles council OK’s cost to ship lights

NILES — City council approved an appropriation of $3,200 Wednesday to cover the costs of shipping and installing LED lights at the Wellness Center.

Even though the lights were under warranty, the city was on the hook to remove, ship and — once they’ve been fixed — have nine lights that stopped working put back into place.

Robert Burke, director of parks and recreation, who was not at Wednesday’s meeting, said previously the repair work can’t be done by the city’s Light Department, so the lights have to be shipped to the manufacturer in Arizona to have the work done. The removal and installation will be done by KV Electric of Niles.

The LEDs were part of a lighting project at the center several years ago that cost Niles about $270,000.

In other business, city council:

• Heard a second reading of a resolution to enter into an agreement for the establishment of the Trumbull County Council of Governments;

• Passed an ordinance pertaining to outside sales, storage and displays;

• Passed a resolution to appropriate grant funds for security and technology improvements in Niles Municipal Court;

• Heard from a resident concerned about restrooms being locked at Stevens Park;

• Heard from residents with questions about whether a grant received for repairs of the municipal pool will be used for that purpose.