TUPPER LAKE - The village took a step forward recently in replacing lighting at the Municipal Park's baseball park.
Electric Superintendent John Bouck told the village board last week that the eight 80-foot-tall lighting towers there were analyzed and found to be structurally sound.
"This was an important step to get this done," Bouck told the board.
Armor Tower Engineering, a Cortland-based company, looked at the towers and evaluated them for sturdiness in 70 mph winds if new lights were to be added to the top of them. The company found the towers could handle those loads.
"So we're in pretty good shape," Bouck said.
Bouck has been looking into the possibility of replacing the existing lighting at the top of the towers, since the current fixtures are so old. Village Mayor Paul Maroun said people have been asking why the village is thinking about spending money on such a project.
"The lights are obsolete," said village Trustee Tom Snyder.
"They're 1974 equipment," Bouck said. "They're dinosaurs."
The village has waterfront revitalization grant money that will pay for at least some of the cost of replacing the lights, village Clerk Mary Casagrain said.
Bouck said he would look into potential designers, try to start getting a feel for how much the project could cost, and draw up some contract documents. He said he would keep the village board informed of his progress.
Trustee Rick Donah asked if the light replacement can be finished by next summer's recreational season. Bouck said it's possible, but he didn't want to make too much of a prediction yet.
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