CONWAY TO ASK FOR MORE MONEY FOR ADDED STREETLIGHTS

by Christian Mower on March 1, 2012

CONWAY SELECTMEN HAVE AGREED ON A PLAN TO TURN ON MORE STREETLIGHTS – BUT IT WILL REQUIRE MORE MONEY FROM TOWN VOTERS.

CONWAY TOWN MANAGER EARL SIRES SAYS SELECTMEN DECIDED AT THEIR REGULAR MEETING TUESDAY AFTERNOON TO ASK VOTERS FOR AN ADDITIONAL $9,000 TO COVER ANY RE-INSTALLATION CHARGES AND OPERATING EXPENSES TO RUN A TOTAL OF 54 LIGHTS FOR HALF A YEAR.

THE PROPOSAL INCLUDES ENERGIZING A HALF DOZEN LIGHTS FROM WEST MAIN STREET IN CONWAY DOWN ROUTE 16/113 TO THE OLD RADIO STATION – WORKING WITH NEW HAMPSHIRE ELECTRIC CO-OP TO INSTALL 32 NEW LED LIGHTS ON ROUTE 16 IN NORTH CONWAY FROM BURGER KING TO ARTIST FALLS ROAD – AND TURNING BACK ON 16 HISTORIC LIGHTS IN NORTH CONWAY VILLAGE ON THE STRIP FROM ARTIST FALLS ROAD TO RIVER STREET.

THE LATEST PROPOSED CHANGES COME AFTER CRITICISM THE TOWN HAD GONE TOO FAR AND TURNED OFF TOO MANY LIGHTS AS PART OF AN INITIATIVE STARTED A FEW YEARS AGO TO REDUCE OPERATING COSTS AND BETTER MANAGE A HODGEPODGE OF HUNDREDS OF STREETLIGHTS IN CONWAY, SOME OF WHICH DATED BACK TO THE 1950s.

INITIALLY, THE TOWN HAD DE-ENERGIZED JUST MORE THAN 200 STREETLIGHTS WITH AN ESTIMATED COST SAVINGS OF $40,000.

VOTERS CAN DECIDE ON THE PROPOSED AMENDMENT MARCH 7TH AT THE DELIBERATIVE PORTION OF TOWN MEETING AT KENNETT HIGH SCHOOL.