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Photo submitted - The new “Central Park” luminaires that will top Fort Plain’s 17 new light poles will feature a tulip silhouette and botanical ornamentation.

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Power company is installing new lighting fixtures

Thursday, October 11, 2012 - Updated: 8:36 AM

By JOSHUA THOMAS

C-S-E Editor

FORT PLAIN — After a large Main Street light pole disintegrated and collapsed into the street recently, National Grid has agreed to replace 17 metal poles and light fixtures throughout downtown Fort Plain. The metal pole bases have eroded significantly, and National Grid agreed with Mayor Guy Barton and the Fort Plain Village Board that the old poles have become dangerous.

The new poles, which will be installed by Christmas, beginning any day, according to Barton, will line Main Street from the Red Lantern to New York Pizzeria, and Canal Street to Dr. Pineyro’s office.

The poles will each be outfitted with new aluminum light fixtures that, while possibly costing the village a few dollars extra on each month’s National Grid bill, “will brighten, and make downtown look more attractive,” said Barton. The new light fixture model is titled the “Central Park”, as they’re the same decorative luminaires used in Central Park, NYC.

The luminaires feature a tulip silhouette and botanical ornamentation. They’re highly resistant to damage, weather and time, as the structural components include high strength cast aluminum and a globe made of ultra-violet stabilized polycarbonate, with the ballast assembly installed deep within the cast base for maximum protection.

Each pole will receive new wiring, and each will be outfitted with an outlet for Christmas lights, and a place to hang spring and summer flowers.

The light fixtures are being installed at no cost to the Fort Plain Village Board or taxpayers.

     

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