The Baldwin Borough Council drove the final nail in the coffin on Tuesday night for 366 of the borough's 1,350 streetlights.
By a unanimous vote, those lights will be taken down in the near future to save Baldwin an estimated $66,000 annually in energy costs. The borough will not see significant savings until another year, however, as Duquesne Light will charge around $58,000 to remove the lights.
A joint recommendation by Baldwin Mayor Alexander R. Bennett Jr. and Baldwin police Sgt. Kim Reising was to take away 376 borough lights, but after hearing concerns from residents during two special public meetings (1, 2) on the subject—as well as from emails and phone calls—Bennett and Reising pared their elimination list down by 10 lights.
Nevertheless, the borough is losing over 27 percent of its streetlights.
Click through the PDF found in this article's media gallery to see if a light on your street is being eliminated.
Check back with the Baldwin-Whitehall Patch later on Wednesday for more odds and ends from Tuesday night's council meeting.
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