SHIRLEY — Of the 14 ornamental street lamps in the downtown area, half were darkened several years ago as a cost-saving measure. Now, thanks to the Energy Advisory Committee and a grant they pursued, the street lamps will all be lit up again, at no cost to the town and this time with brighter, energy-efficient LED heads.
Reminded by EAC member Frank Esielionis that the illumination project was complete and that the lights would go on this fall, Selectmen Chairman Andy Deveau shared the good news near the end of Monday night’s meeting.
Besides the new lamp heads, the poles will be spruced up, too. Students from Nashoba Valley Technical High School will paint them, Deveau said.
As for the hookups, an adult helper will wire in the new lamp heads, raised up to the top of the pole by a Man Lift donated by Moore’s Lumber in Ayer.
The end result will be a brighter streetscape and cost-savings, too. The new heads will cut energy use by about a tenth of current consumption and add lots more light, Deveau said.
A more brightly lit downtown area is an improvement for many reasons, not the least of which is to discourage crime.
In a separate announcement, Deveau noted recent burglaries in town neighborhoods. “Our area has had a rash of house breaks recently,” he said.
But some of those cases have apparently been solved.
In a memo to the board, Police Chief J. Gregory Massak said that diligent detective work led to the recovery of some stolen property, including a $4,000 watch that turned up in a pawnshop. “Several individuals have been charged,” Deveau said.
Beginning this week, an officer will be on dedicated breaking and entering patrol, Massak said in the memo. Despite budget constraints, the chief said the added patrol it is a “much needed” crime deterrent.
Massak also sent the board a copy of a commendation letter he sent to Officer Everett W. Moody, Jr., thanking him for his hard work investigating these crimes, resulting in the recovery of property and charges filed.
Perusal of pawnshop surveillance tapes helped crack some of the cases, Deveau said.