West Point Town Council hears LED Capital proposal to change West Point ballpark lights to LED lights

West Point Town Council hears proposal from LED Capital (Sara Gladney for The Cullman Tribune)

WEST POINT, Ala. – On Monday evening, the West Point Town Council heard Tim Garner and Muntingh Hamman with LED Capital propose changing the lights in the park to LED. Tim Garner taught for nine years at West Point and is now the head tennis coach at Wallace, where he has taught for six years. Hamman is a tennis player at Wallace and studying business. Hamman’s father has been in the LED business for 10 years in South Africa.

Garner spoke about the LED lights he has seen from various stadiums in South Africa, including the Mangaung Oval and the Zwartkop High School ball field. “Their lights are far superior to any lights I have seen here. I’m going to use them when I build new courts at Wallace.”

Garner, whose son will soon be playing ball at West Point, said, “I went to school at West Point. I want to make this area as good as I can.”

Hamman and Garner gave a presentation about the many benefits of using LED lights. “They come on and off at the flip of a switch,” Garner explained, noting that the ones in use now take much longer to power on after being shut off. Hamman said that there will be a savings of about 60-70% on the electric bill, adding “the maintenance cost on these is absolutely zero for the next 10 years. We give a 10-year warranty.” The lights are guaranteed to only lose 3% of their brightness to light depreciation over 10 years.

LED Capital will showcase their lights on the smaller ball field and present estimates. Afterward, if the council chooses to purchase the lights, they will be the first in Alabama with these LED lights at their ball field.

In other business, the council passed the resolution to accept all American Rescue funds as the Standard allowance of up to $10 million.

The West Point Day in the Park at West Point ballpark will be on Saturday, April 30. There will be food, craft vendors and ball games all day. There will be activities like laser tag, a bounce house and a dunking booth. The event is from 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. The vendor fee is $25.

The West Point Town Council meets on the third Monday of every month at 6:00 p.m. at West Point Town Hall. The public is invited to attend.

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