Mayor Papenfuse Will Accept $22,000 Check for City Lighting Project


July 16, 2014

HARRISBURG – Organizers of the recent “5-K Glow-Run” will present a check of $22,000 to Mayor Eric Papenfuse at a press conference at 10 a.m. Friday, July 18, 2014 in front of the Dixon University campus on North Front Street to support the city’s lighting program.

The money will be used to help fund the city’s program to replace missing poles on Front Street in preparation for installation of LED lights, said Mayor Eric Papenfuse.

The city will begin advertising at 3 p.m. Thursday, July 17, 2014 for companies interested in contracting with the city to implement the LED conversion. Information on how to apply will be available at the city’s website at

“The plan is to start at the north end of the city to install 15 of the missing poles on Front Street,” the Mayor said. “The donation will cover the cost for these poles and the city is contributing the labor and installing additional poles as a match to their contribution.”

The Glow Run was held June 7 and attracted hundreds of runners to raise funds to help the city’s lighting program.

“The Glow Run was a great example of what can be accomplished when a community comes together to help their city,” said Devan Drabik, co-chair of the Glow Run.

Replacement of the missing poles will allow the city to move forward with converting existing High Pressure Sodium and Mercury Vapor lights to LED, which will provide significant savings and pay for the project in as little as five to 10 years, Papenfuse said. The City owns approximately 6,000 street lights of various types and spends approximately $64,000 per month in electric for the lights.

For more information, contact Joyce M. Davis at; or call 717 255 3015.


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