LIVERMORE — An informational meeting is scheduled this month on a proposal to reduce the number of streetlights from 54 to 10.

The meeting will be held at 7 p.m. Wednesday, May 29, at the Livermore Elementary School.

There will be two articles on the annual town meeting warrant Wednesday, June 12, on eliminating some streetlights. It is expected to save more than $5,000 in the first year, administrative assistant Kurt Schaub said Wednesday.

A committee formed to look at the streetlights and recommend which, if any, could be eliminated. Members of the ad-hoc committee that developed the plan are Budget Committee Chairwoman Tina Quirrion, Selectperson Megan Dion, Selectperson Peter Castonguay and Budget Committee member Warren Forbes, Quirrion said.

Streetlights at most major intersections would be kept, she said.

She heard a year ago that Turner did not pay for any street lights, she said. She checked and found that the town paid for five.

She thought it would be a good idea to to see how many lights could be eliminated in Livermore, she said. Among the lights proposed to be shut off are on Church Street, which used to have more pedestrian traffic than there is now, Schaub and Quirrion said.

There were two churches, which are no longer active, Schaub said, though one of the church buildings is now owned by the Masons.

The town library, highway garage and community building are also on the road, located off Route 108 and Route 4 at different ends.

The committee proposes to leave lights on certain roads for safety purposes, Quirrion said.

Lights on Spruce Mountain Road, leading to Spruce Mountain Ski Slope, Botka Hill Road and River Road are among those being considered to be reduced, she said.

The vast majority of streetlights were approved by voters at town meetings over the years, Schaub said.

Voters will be asked in June to consider accepting the reduction plan and appropriate money for the remaining streetlights, Schaub said.

The town currently pays $7,388 for lights, he said. This year’s proposed appropriation will be $2,153, if voters approve the plan, and in subsequent years would be about $1,500.

[email protected]


Only subscribers are eligible to post comments. Please subscribe or to participate in the conversation. Here’s why.

Use the form below to reset your password. When you've submitted your account email, we will send an email with a reset code.

filed under: