IL­LU­MI­NAT­ING IDEA

Re­fur­bished park­ing lots on North Front St. will have mo­tion-sen­si­tive light­ing fix­tures

Daily Freeman (Kingston, NY) - - FRONT PAGE - By Paul Kirby pkirby@free­manon­line.com paulat­free­man on Twit­ter

Light poles that fea­ture de­tec­tors to in­crease il­lu­mi­na­tion when peo­ple or ve­hi­cles trig­ger them will be in­stalled in the two mu­nic­i­pal park­ing lots on North Front Street.

Four­teen poles and fix­tures have been or­dered by Kingston from Gray­bar Elec­tric Co. in Al­bany for a to­tal cost of $22,022, ac­cord­ing to City En­gi­neer Ralph Swen­son.

Be­sides the bright­en­ing fea­ture, the poles will be de­signed to ac­com­mo­date elec­tric ve­hi­cle charg­ing ap­pa­ra­tus in the fu­ture, though ad­di­tional spend­ing would be re­quired, Swen­son said.

Swen­son on Wed­nes­day was un­cer­tain when the new poles will be up and op­er­a­tional but

“This will re­duce power con­sump­tion and cost and will also re­duce the ef­fects of light pol­lu­tion.” — City En­gi­neer Ralph Swen­son

said it should be be­fore the end of the year.

Swen­son said the lights will be off dur­ing day­time hours, come on at “full power” in the evening, then dim by 50 per­cent a few min­utes later. Then,

when­ever there is move­ment near a pole, the light on that pole will re­turn to full il­lu­mi­na­tion, he said.

“As long as there is no mov­ing ac­tiv­ity, the dim­ming fea­ture will take ef­fect,” Swen­son said. “This will re­duce power con­sump­tion and cost and will also re­duce the ef­fects of light pol­lu­tion.”

“As soon as you walk [or drive] ... within the de­tec­tion lim­its of a pole, the mo­tion de­tec­tor will sense that and that light will be turned out to full power,” the en­gi­neer said.

The two park­ing lots are across the street from each other — one next to Nekos-Dedrick’s Phamacy, the other next to the Red­wood

Bar + Res­tau­rant (the for­mer Par­ent-Teacher Store). The lot next to the Red­wood is to be repaved start­ing Thurs­day, with strip­ing to fol­low, al­low­ing it to re­open be­fore the end of the month, Swen­son said. The lot across the street was repaved, striped and re­opened last month.

The im­prove­ment of the

two lots is cost­ing a to­tal of $486,000, of which the state is kick­ing in $366,000.

As part of the project, a new drainage sys­tem has been in­stalled to pre­vent stor­wa­ter runoff into the nearby Eso­pus Creek, and plant­ings in the spring will re­place trees that had to be taken down.

TANIA BARRICKLO — DAILY FREE­MAN

A light pole base lies in the mu­nic­i­pal park­ing lot next to the Red­wood Bar + Res­tau­rant on North Front Street in Up­town Kingston on Wed­nes­day.

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