Two items approved during Tuesday night’s Board of Commissioners meeting will have the city of Ardmore looking upward.
The first of these approvals will allow the Ardmore Public Library to install new lighting  both inside and outside the building. The new lighting will be more energy efficient and will allow the city to take advantage of the OG&E’s Commercial Energy Efficiency Program.
Daniel Gibbs, director of Ardmore Public Library, described the program to the commissioners.
“This is an opportunity to get some money back on the installation of lighting for the library,” Gibbs said. “They (OG&E) will make the commitment to pay you a certain amount based on the amount of the lighting you’ll be changing out. Then they hold that money for you and when your project is complete they come and inspect.”
Gibbs said that once the inspection is complete, OG&E will issue the city a check based on whether or not planned upgrades were completed.
In addition to the money reimbursed by OG&E the city will also save money because of lower utility costs.
“Most of the lighting in the building design isn’t as energy efficient as it is today, so a lot of it is high energy use,” Gibbs said. He used the example of the 44 overhead lights currently in place that will likely be reduced from 400 watts to 120 watts.
Gibbs said the project will go out to bid as soon as they can get the paperwork drawn up and work will begin as soon as the approved electrician can start.
Another item approved on the agenda will allow for new aerial photography to update the City of Ardmore’s orthophotography, planimetrics, and elevation data, the mapping program all city departments utilize in a variety of ways.
GISP (GIS Coordinator) Charles Brady III told the commission the last time the city updated the data was in 2012. He said new photography will allow the city to take advantages of new technology.
“With the imagery we have now, we only have imagery with leaf on,” Brady said. “That means whenever it’s green you can’t see what’s underneath it. It also has one meter resolution.”
He said the upgraded technology would allow for that greenery to be taken off to see what is underneath it as well as having a much closer resolution when trying to zoom into a specific area.
Brady said that 90.25 square miles will be photographed, the same area last done seven years ago.