Sparrows Point steel mill lamp project on schedule
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.
Lamps at the former Bethlehem Steel site.
One of the lamp posts that could potentially be used in Keith Taylor’s project.