Mayor Linda M. Balzotti today announced that the City of Brockton recently finalized the purchase of streetlights from National Grid, yielding the City a total of $649,656 in first-year savings alone.
“This initiative will result in substantial savings for the city,” said Mayor Linda M. Balzotti. “In these difficult financial times, we are diligently looking for collaborative, forward-thinking ways to save money. I want to thank the City Council, especially Councilor Sullivan, for leading the charge and making this idea a reality that will benefit our entire community.”
As part of the deal, Brockton purchased 7,734 streetlights from National Grid.
“This transaction is a creative way for Brockton to save hundreds of thousands of dollars annually,” said At-Large City Councilor Robert Sullivan. “I have championed this proposal because of the real cost savings that it represents. This acquisition will benefit all residents and it will result in much needed financial savings during tough economic times. I am thankful for the collective support offered by my City Council colleagues and Mayor Balzotti."
In the past, residents wanting to report a broken street light would have to contact National Grid. Residents now can easily contact the Highway Department at (508) 580-7810 between the hours of 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday to report streetlight outages. Non-functioning streetlights can also be reported via email at email@example.com.
When contacting the Highway Department, callers must: describe the problem (if the light is out, cycling on and off, or on during daylight hours); the streetlight pole number (the number will be facing the street at eye level); the street address closest to the light problem; and the cross street nearest the light problem. Callers are also asked to provide a name and phone number in case the driver cannot find the outage or has additional questions.
For more information or to report a streetlight outage, please contact the Highway Department at (508) 580-7810.