Grand Lighting Celebration in Mt. Morris
Featuring Lyle Grobe and the Rhythm Ramblers
August 29, 2014
Home of the Illinois State Freedom Bell
History of the Replacement Lights: After many years of planning, the Village of Mt. Morris is proud to be giving the downtown and Campus beautiful new street lighting. The old green poles date back to August of 1925 and were getting in bad shape. These poles have seen three different sets of lights, with the current ones being installed approximately 55 years ago. The overhead wiring has been failing and causing shorts thus tripping circuit breakers leaving the downtown in darkness. Maintenance costs have been very high the last few years. This past spring, with the recommendation of the Village Planning Commission, the Village Board approved the purchase of new decorative poles and acorn style LED fixtures along with new underground wiring. With little maintenance and energy savings from LED technology, the new lighting will pay for itself. The Village has applied for an energy grant from the State of Illinois to help offset the costs of the project. The old poles will be advertised for sale by sealed bid after the project is complete.
Photo courtesy of Karen Clark
Photo courtesy of Mike Egan