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Baldwin Borough mayoral candidates give views about removing streetlights

| Wednesday, May 8, 2013, 9:00 p.m.

Baldwin Borough councilmen and mayoral candidates David Depretis and Edward Moeller share their thoughts on the municipality's removal of 30 percent of its streetlights.

Question: What is your stance on the elimination of nearly 30 percent of the borough's streetlights?

Depretis: I understand that for some giving up the street light in front of their home was difficult. You never want to give up anything or have anything taken away.

That being said, being fiscally responsible is another issue. The borough will save $60,000 to $70,000 per year by removing lights that were not considered a safety hazard. These street lights were not near a fire hydrant, on a sharp bend or at an intersection.

I voted to remove the lights based on the recommendation of the police department, safety not being an issue.

We are always looking to be responsible with taxpayers dollars. We do not want to raise taxes. This was something we could do; turn off some lights that would not detrimentally affect residents. Do some miss the light outside their home, I am sure they do. I do, the street light across from my home was removed. Did I need that light? No, it was something I was accustomed to.

Moeller: There were numerous studies done by our police department with the recommendation that certain streetlights could be eliminated without affecting the safety of our residents and also helping to save a significant amount of money.

Several public meetings were held with very little opposition to this decision. The choice was then made by all of council to accept the recommendation of the police department with this task.

Stephanie Hacke is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. She can be reached at 412-388-5818 or shacke@tribweb.com.

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