City of Olympia News

FREE Parking on Columbus Day; Free Leaves Available for Composting; Conversion to LED Streetlights to Lead to Significant Savings

FREE Parking on Columbus Day
Free parking at parking meters on Monday, October 14, 2013. Time limits at meters and expired meters will not be enforced on this day. Columbus Day is not a recognized City of Olympia or state holiday and City offices and services will be operating on normal schedule. Parking Services will be enforcing restricted (safety) parking violations that day as usual.

Free Leaves Available for Composting
It’s that time of year again. Public Works crews have been sweeping up leaves which are now available free of charge. For information or to be put on the delivery schedule, contact Kevin at 360.753.8151 or Randy at 360.753.8210. Please leave a message, including your name, address, phone number and the amount of leaves you would like (5-yard minimum). Local delivery available. Names will be placed on the list on a first-come-first-served basis. Staff will contact you prior to delivery.

Conversion to LED Streetlights to Lead to Significant Savings
On Monday, October 14, 2013, a contractor will begin work to replace 3,200 City-owned streetlights with new Light Emitting Diode (LED) technology. Work is expected to be complete by the end of January 2014. This project will cost the City approximately $2.8 million, which will come from a combination of funding sources, including a Department of Commerce Energy Efficiency Grant. We predict it will save approximately $174,000 annually in power costs. The benefits of LED technology include:

  • Increased reliability - extremely low failure rate, which means less outages and reduced maintenance costs
  • Better light quality - colors are more identifiable
  • Light is directed at the ground

The City has contracted with the Light Doctor to perform the work. Watch for them in your neighborhood soon. The tentative schedule is as follows:

  • Westside: October
  • Southeast: November
  • Northeast: December
  • Downtown: January