Repairs could shed more light on streets, walks in Sharpsburg
Sharpsburg officials will try to bring more light to borough streets and sidewalks.
Councilman Tony Sacco said earlier this month that several streetlights are out and need to be replaced. Two are by the senior citizens high-rise complex.
Those lights, he said, have not worked for several years. He said he suspects the wiring could have been cut when sidewalk ramps for people with disabilities were installed about three years ago.
Crews will test the lights to determine if power is running to them.
Council President Renee Procopio said because of their location, those lights must be repaired.
“Those need to be fixed. You have elderly people there; they need to have light,” Procopio said.
Sacco said a majority of the lights that are not working in the borough were damaged by a fire several years ago. He said there are five lights that can be repaired by replacing the ballast and bulbs for about $300.
Sacco said that cost would not include labor, but borough employees can be trained to do the work.
Though he considered LED lights, those would cost about $2,000 each, Sacco said.
“I was in shock,” Sacco said.
Councilwoman Karen Pastor said communities often seek grant money if they wish to install LED lights because of the costs.
Sacco said that faulty lights have been a longtime problem in the borough. He said he would verify costs before moving forward.
“All the lights haven't worked for years,” Sacco said.
Tom McGee is an associate editor for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 412-856-7400, ext. 1513 or email@example.com.
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