PITTSFIELD, Mass. — My name is Nicholas J. Caccamo and I am running for mayor of Pittsfield. My platform is centered around three main goals: becoming a more energy efficient city, becoming a more sustainable community, and moving towards a locally based economy.
One of my main goals for the city would be to reduce the cost of operation in Pittsfield by becoming more energy efficient. A proposal I have been making throughout the campaign is the creation of a "managed street light system."
A managed street light system would utilize a "smart" ballast that sends and receives information from the segment controller and commands a high-pressured sodium vapor bulb. When fully operational, this system allows for total control over the entire street-lighting operation.
A managed system will result in a significant reduction of Budget Item 52101 (Street Lighting Operation). In addition, a managed street light system will increase city safety and beautification. The system will also lower maintenance costs by pin-pointing lamp failures and malfunctions while extending lamp life, thus reducing parts replacement costs.
If elected, I will be an advocate for conducting energy audits on public buildings in Pittsfield. Decreasing the amount of money spent on utilities and heating costs of public buildings can drastically reduce our city's cost of operation. Money saved on utilities citywide means jobs saved, too. In addition I will ensure that building renovations are conducted with an emphasis on increasing efficiency.
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