Spar­rows Point steel mill lamp project on sched­ule

The Dundalk Eagle - - SENIOR NEWS - By CHAR­LENE MAYO cmayo@ches­pub.com Fol­low me on Twit­ter @Char_DEa­gle

A com­mu­nity lamp project ini­ti­ated by Beth­le­hem Steel re­tiree Keith Tay­lor, is mov­ing along smoothly as more plans are cre­ated.

Ear­lier this year, Beth­le­hem Steel re­tiree Keith Tay­lor de­vel­oped a plan to utilize old lamp posts sal­vaged from the for­mer steel mill site.

The lamps are blue and gray, the school col­ors of the old Spar­rows Point High School, which was lo­cated 40 feet from the mill site.

Plans call for the lamps to be placed at the cur­rent Spar­rows Point Mid­dle/ High School cam­pus.

Last week, at Spar­rows Point High School’s li­brary, Tay­lor, Spar­rows Point High School prin­ci­pal Emily Caster, com­mu­nity lead­ers and mem­bers joined to­gether to dis­cuss hur­dles and plans to con­tinue with the project.

“It was a good, kick-off meet­ing,” Tay­lor said.

With the goal of pre­serv­ing the his­tory of Spar­rows Point’s her­itage and com­mu­nity pride, is­sues of safety, preser­va­tion, funds and the en­vi­ron­men­tal were dis­cussed.

“Funds are needed to cre­ate plans, and I need plans to cre­ate funds,” Tay­lor said.

As a group, at­ten­dees dis­cussed plans and how they can help.

Daft-McCune-Walker (DMW), an ar­chi­tect firm, spoke of some prob­lems they may face and the plans that need to be pro­duced to com­bat these is­sues.

Bruce Kahl spoke about some of the fundrais­ing the newly-formed North Point His­tor­i­cal So­ci­ety could do, along with Sen. Johnny Salling, Tay­lor noted.

The lamp project needs so­lar in­stal­la­tion and wiring. Al­pha Land­scap­ing will be the con­trac­tor for those du­ties.

“They’re kind of like a ones­top shop; they do ev­ery­thing,” Tay­lor said.

Ac­cord­ing to Tay­lor, Mike Pow­ell, su­per­vi­sor for Al­pha Land­scap­ing, dis­cussed plans for the project.

Although there is still a lot of work to be com­pleted, Tay­lor said his “20/20 Vi­sion” is com­ing to­gether.

“I’ve had a few do­na­tions, but I need more funds,” Tay­lor said.

“We’re mak­ing progress and ev­ery­body seems to be sup­port­ive of it,” he noted.

Ac­cord­ing to Tay­lor, he’s ex­cited that this is go­ing to be a com­mu­nity project and group ef­fort.

About 30 or more peo­ple, from dif­fer­ent ar­eas of Dun­dalk, rep­re­sent­ing dif­fer­ent com­pa­nies and or­ga­ni­za­tions, at­tended the meet­ing.

“I left feel­ing very en­er­gized about the project,” Caster said.

Ac­cord­ing to Tay­lor, an­other meet­ing re­gard­ing the lamp project will be held in a few weeks.

COUR­TESY PHO­TOS

Lamps at the for­mer Beth­le­hem Steel site.

One of the lamp posts that could po­ten­tially be used in Keith Tay­lor’s project.

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