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Baldwin Officials to Continue Streetlights Discussion on Tuesday Nite

Borough meeting set for 7:30 in the municipal auditorium.

Following two special public meetings (, ) that allowed residents to voice their concerns over the , the Baldwin Council will resume its normal schedule on Tuesday night with a 7:30 meeting in the .

Among the agenda items that the council will discuss during the meeting is a review of the proposal to eliminate those streetlights, as led by Baldwin Mayor Alexander R. Bennett Jr.

Many residents oppose the elimination of even a single streetlight in Baldwin, as evidenced by , citing safety concerns. Many others agree with Bennett and Sgt. Kim Reising, who have suggested eliminating only the 376 lights—around 28 percent of the borough's 1,350 total streetlights.

Whether or not Bennett and Reising increase or decrease their recommended number of lights to be eliminated remains to be seen. Regardless, the council is not expected to formally act on any eliminations on Tuesday—only to discuss them further.

Baldwin Borough Manager John Barrett said that eliminating the 376 lights would save borough taxpayers around $66,000 annually.

Baldwin residents will have two chances to speak during Tuesday's gathering—at the beginning and at the end of the meeting.

Are you trying to keep your streetlight? Tell us about in the comments. You can even upload a photo of it in the dark here with this article.

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NB April 10, 2012 at 02:40 PM
Whitehall has no streetlights, but each house has a lamp post on their property out towards the streets. The home owners will now have to take out of pocket money to provide their own safety. Not a good idea. Look at another way to save money.
MTD April 10, 2012 at 05:03 PM
Try fining those who have the trash out prior to designated time..
mmp April 10, 2012 at 07:57 PM
Maybe the money that we can save by eliminating unnecessary lighting could be used to create some "walking lanes" for people. I am more concerned about people walking in the road and it is difficult to see them regardless of streetlights. It is unrealistic to try to illuminate the whole boro at night, and in many cases the street-lights just create more shadows or dark spaces. How about solar street lights as on I-529 or motion sensor lights,
bsmith April 10, 2012 at 10:04 PM
Why is the district trying to make our neighborhoods less attractive to new residents? The fact that Whitehall doesn't have street lights is only more of a reason for us to keep them. Besides lower taxes, we need a way to stay competitive in the housing market and bring new families into our community. For 66K, this entire argument is ridiculous.
Jean Smith April 11, 2012 at 06:22 AM
Solar spotlights are very expensive. They start at 499 each and when the batteries go on them they are very expensive to purchase. These also are commonly stolen when out on road other than highways and it wouldn't be cost effective if the borough having to replace them if they are stolen. Battery packs are also very expensive to replace on solar streetlights.
Jean Smith April 11, 2012 at 06:25 AM
http://solar-street-lighting.com/Solar_Powered_Street_Lights.html Here is one link for solar lights. Maybe the borough can demand that everyone in the borough that owes a house to put one at the beginning of their yards and maintain it.
Susan Rose April 11, 2012 at 12:26 PM
Some people have to leave their trash out early because they are going to work and will not be back home before the pick up.
Jon Wain April 11, 2012 at 01:00 PM
Baldwin, you looking to save money how about your public works crews cut boro owned grass. YOUR GOING TO PAY A CONTRACTOR $103,000 DOLLARS FOR A THREE YEAR CONTRACT TO CUT GRASS. Everyone knows the road crew is not overly busy in the good weather months. Leave the lights on !

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