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Northfield looking to save money by shutting off some lights


July 14, 2010
NORTHFIELD — The Energy Committee in Northfield has been examining ways to save money and reduce energy consumption in the town and recently presented selectmen with a proposal to eliminate 34 of the town's 101 street lights, saving $107 per pole in electrical costs.

By removing these lights the town could realize over $3,600 in savings each year.

In their study the committee evaluated each of the lights on poles owned by Public Service and the N.H. Electric Coop to determine if they served as a benefit to the public and had any public safety purposes.

"We only selected lights that weren't on a sidewalk, weren't at an intersection and didn't have a fire box on the pole," committee Chairman Wayne Crowley said.

Town Administrator Glenn Smith said once the committee identified the 34 poles they felt could be safely removed, members brought their list to the selectmen. After hearing the proposal, selectmen met with Police Chief Stephen Adams and Chief Stephen Carrier of the Tilton-Northfield Fire Department for their input. Neither of the two found any safety issues that would be created in turning off the lights identified by the committee.

Crowley and Smith went out last Thursday to mark poles that are under consideration for removal.

"We've tied orange tape around the poles we'd like to remove so people can see exactly which poles we're talking about," Crowley said.

Some of the lights under consideration include those on Cofran and Gale Avenues, both quiet streets with no sidewalks and limited traffic. Another is the lone street light on Bean Hill Road as well as one on each of Sandogardy Pond, Northfield Pond and Shedd Hill Roads. A complete list of the lights with their location and remarks by the committee as to why they were earmarked for removal is available on the town's website.

A public hearing will be held on July 20 at 6:30 p.m. at the Northfield Town Hall where selectmen will listen to any concerns citizens may have on the proposal and any of the lights under consideration.

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