Antiquated Front Street lights to be replaced

  • Wednesday, February 5, 2014

Scott Harper/Times These are three of the more than 100 lights on Front Street that will be replaced.

The more than 100 street lights that line the Front Street Business District are “not efficient” and “are not aesthetically pleasing to the eye,” according to Alan Loveless, head of the city’s Electric Department, and they will be replaced.

Loveless told Georgetown City Council at a recent Capital Improvements planning retreat the lights were state of the art when they were placed on Front Street in the 1980s but that is no longer the case. He said the plan is to replace the current lights with LED lights which use 40-50 percent less energy.

Mayor Jack Scoville said he does not like the “yellowish look” of the current lights and was told the new lights will be whiter and brighter.

Currently there are three lights and three globes on each pole. Council will decide to keep the three-lights-per-pole or to replace them with one big light on each pole.

‘I like the three lights,” said Councilwoman Peggy Wayne.

Councilman Ed Kimbrough said he feels the lights, as they are now, “overpower the fixtures.”

Councilman Clarence Smalls said the city needs to spend money replacing lights in other places than just Front Street. He specifically said the Emanuel Street area needs attention.

“There is street after street after street where you can’t see a thing at night because the lights are blown out or they are pointing straight down,” Smalls said.

Loveless said he will include the replacements ­­— expected to cost about $100,000 — in the 2014-15 budget.

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