DOWNTOWN Mount Morris will be receiving a new street lighting facelift. The Village Council, with the recommendation of the Village Planning Commission, voted to replace the aging down town street lighting. The present lighting is about 70 years old, and the light fixtures are approximately 55 to 60 years old. No parts are available for repairs. The overhead wiring is losing its insulation, causing short circuits when its windy or raining, knocking out the entire system.
The new lighting project has been in consideration for over nine years, and will finally become reality. This new lighting will consist of all underground wiring, decorative poles, supporting a vintage-style Acorn fixture. The lighting uses LED technology drastically reducing utility costs. Maintenance costs should be minimal, thus an additional saving for the Village.
The new street lighting project goes hand-in-hand with the enhancements of the band shell area last year. Activities on the Campus are drawing nice crowds for concerts on Wednesday and Friday nights, along with other events. Improvements to the down town area can only help attract new events and business interests.
Construction will begin soon with the installation of the underground wiring and foundations for the new poles. By the time this work is completed, the new poles and fixtures will be ready to be installed, which will have been shipped from the manufacturer in Roselle, Illinois. It is anticipated the new lighting will be fully operational early fall of this year. At the completion of the project, an official dedication ceremony, celebrating the new lighting, will be held on the Campus. Mount Morris is very excited about the coming “facelift” to our down town area.