At its Feb. 2 meeting, Upper Arlington City Council is scheduled to hear the first reading of an ordinance that would allow the Parks and Recreation Department to install lights at Thompson Park.

At its Feb. 2 meeting, Upper Arlington City Council is scheduled to hear the first reading of an ordinance that would allow the Parks and Recreation Department to install lights at Thompson Park.

In the 2008 Parks Capital Improvement Program, council approved lighting a ball diamond at Thompson Park, with a proposed budget of $130,000. The city's only current field with lights is at Reed Road Park.

"Lighting an additional field would enable the city to better accommodate the community demand for fields without the expense or space challenges that would come with developing entirely new facilities," parks and recreation director Tim Moloney said in a staff report prepared for council's meeting. "In addition, modern sports lighting technology provides excellent control and prevention of off-site glare and spill."

Following a July 29 public forum at Thompson Park, the city hired an electrical engineer to develop plans for lights on Diamond No. 4.

The city received 10 bids to install the lights, with Jess Howard Electric Co. submitting the lowest bid at $122,921.70 (which includes a 10 percent contingency). Council will vote to authorize city manager Virginia Barney to enter into contract with Jess Howard Electric.

Council meets at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 2 in the lower level conference room of the city's Municipal Services Center, 3600 Tremont Road.