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The Telegram
  • Herkimer to move forward with lighting project

  • The village of Herkimer will move forward with a project to install double arm lighting along North Main Street with funding from the Creating Healthy Places to Live, Work and Play grant.

    The board of trustees last week approved a project to install lighting similar to that on Albany Street to promote physical activity by making it safer for people to walk on Main Street at night.

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  • The village of Herkimer will move forward with a project to install double arm lighting along North Main Street with funding from the Creating Healthy Places to Live, Work and Play grant.
    The board of trustees last week approved a project to install lighting similar to that on Albany Street to promote physical activity by making it safer for people to walk on Main Street at night.
    The funding for the $2,482 project will come from a $5,000 grant from Herkimer County HealthNet.
    Mayor Mark Ainsworth said the village will lease the additional lighting from National Grid. The cost to do so, he said, will equate to about $100 extra per month, with the additional moneys for the first year of the lighting coming from the Creating Healthy Places to Live, Work and Play grant.
    “At the time they are installing the double lights, National Grid will replace the green poles along Main Street, which are inefficient and starting to deteriorate,” said Ainsworth.
    By replacing the green poles, the mayor said the village should realize about $4,700 in savings annually. After the $2,482 for the additional double arm lighting is factored in, Ainsworth said savings to the village as a result of the project should be approximately $2,220 per year.
    “This project will brighten Main Street up at night and save the village money,” he said.
    Trustee Harold Stoffolano said National Grid has indicated the project could be completed this year.
    “They are ready to go. All they are waiting for is approval from the village board,” he said.
    The Creating Healthy Places to Live, Work and Play funding was awarded to Herkimer County HealthNet by the state Department of Health to prevent childhood obesity and type 2 diabetes by increasing opportunities for physical activity for local families through projects that create routes and trails, improve sidewalks and crosswalks and promote pedestrian and bicycle safety.
    In other business last week, the board set the date and time for the village Trick or Treat night. Trick or treating will take place in the village on Wednesday, Oct. 31, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.

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