Grant Helps Pay for Pottstown Street Lighting Changes

A CHECK FOR THE BOROUGH – Pottstown’s state representative, Joe Ciresi (at right), visited the Borough Council meeting Wednesday (March 8, 2023) to present President Dan Weand (left) with a $250,000 check from the Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development. Its grant, obtained with Ciresi’s assistance, will help pay for conversion of the borough’s lighting control systems and standard street lights to energy-efficient and brighter models. They are expected t0 use less electricity, saving the borough money, and “dramatically improve night-time visibility” and safety, Ciresi said. The borough has 1,821 street lights that were installed in the 1960s. The grant allows Pottstown to buy 820 fixtures that will convert its high-pressure sodium and mercury vapor street lights to those using light-emitting diodes. The borough will handle their installation. “We are grateful” for support provided by the department and Ciresi, borough Manager Justin Keller said.

Photo provided by the office of 146th District state Rep. Joe Ciresi