New, more efficient and environmentally-friendly street lights could be in place in Greencastle's downtown area by the end of the year, the mayor announced Wednesday.
Mayor Sue Murray told members of the Greencastle Redevelopment Commission that the lights, which will make use of LED (light emitting diode) technology, will cost the city an estimated $89,000. That money is expected to the come from the Redevelopment Commission.
An example of the new lights is currently on display at city hall. They look very similar to the current streets lights found in the downtown area, but they are specially made for LED lights and also have brackets on them to mount banners or flags for special occasions.
In all, the city intends to purchase 29 new light poles and accompanying LED lights, which will totally replace the current light poles.
As for the current light poles, Murray said it will cost an estimated $18,000 to remove them, bringing the total project cost to just more than $107,000.
The mayor said she is meeting with the only company in Indiana that manufactures the lights next week and hopes to have them installed sometime this fall.
If the city installs the lights, it will become one of the first in the state of Indiana to do so, the mayor said.