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Sharpsburg officials hope grant money will be able to help them update lighting in the borough.

Schaedler Yesco has made a proposal to the borough to update lights.

Borough secretary Jan Barbus said at a council meeting earlier this month the cost would be $550 per lamp. LED lights would replace the ones the borough currently uses.

Council President Renee Procopio said while the plan is worthy to consider, funding is likely unavailable.

Grant money could be available from Duquesne Light to replace the lamps, Barbus said. Schaedler Yesco representatives could help the borough with funding.

“They'd be willing to work with us to get these grants,” Barbus said.

It is unknown if the grant would require a matching portion. Procopio said with the 2013 budget being finalized, that could help decide if the borough takes any further action. The budget is expected to be tight.

“I don't know that there's a match in there,” Procopio said.

Barbus was asked to research the available grants to determine if a match is needed. If funding from the borough is required, the project could wait until 2014.

The addition of LED lights could be more cost effective for the borough, Councilman Tony Sacco said.

“It's going to be a lot cheaper to operate the LED lights than the ones we have now,” Sacco said.

Sacco noted that the borough has money from insurance claims for damaged light poles that could be used for a grant match if needed.

The borough previously bought three decorative light poles from Schaedler Yesco with that money for $15,500.

Tom McGee is an associate editor for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 412-856-7400, ext. 1513 or tmcgee@tribweb.com.

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