published Tuesday, April 29th, 2014

Chattanooga City Council considering legal action in streetlight replacement fiasco

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    Acorn lights sit on the assembly line at the Global Green Lighting plant. The new facility is the result of Global Green Lights moving its manufacturing from China to the U.S.
    Photo by Maura Friedman

The City Council met in a closed session today to discuss an audit of Chattanooga's streetlight replacement program.

A reporter was twice ejected from the meeting, which city attorney Phil Noblett said was closed because the gathering was attorney-client privileged.

Noblett justified the closed meeting, saying the city could pursue legal action against its partners in the venture, which has come under criticism for projected cost overruns and repeated delays.

The city's partners in the venture include EPB and Global Green Lighting. EPB was cited in the city auditor's report for billing discrepancies that may have resulted in millions of dollars in additional fees for taxpayers.

City Council has scheduled an audit committee hearing for the public on May 13.

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