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Originally published in Castine Patriot, April 4, 2019
LED lights to shine in downtown Castine

by Monique Labbe

Lighting in downtown Castine will soon receive a face lift, and become more efficient, with LED lighting, according to Town Manager Jimmy Goodson during a meeting of the Board of Selectmen on April 1.

The change is due to the allowance by the Maine Public Utilities Commission for municipalities to purchase their own LED fixtures to replace outdated ones in order to save on lighting costs each year.

The fixtures currently in the streetlights are from the 1960s, said Goodson. The new light fixtures will save the town “considerably” both in cost and energy usage.

Goodson also reported that the town manager search has gleaned a handful of candidates selected for the first round of interviews scheduled for April 29.

A hearing regarding a dangerous building was scheduled for May 20, to discuss a property at 563 Castine Road. The structure is currently abandoned, and three accessory structures are in various states of collapse, according to Goodson. The hearing will serve as a judicial process for the property owners to refute the claims. At the same time, Goodson plans to submit documents and photos to show that the structure is dangerous. The selectmen then will decide whether to approve demolition.

The time of that hearing will be announced.