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Committee Sheds Light On Pound Ridge Lamppost Project

Landscape architect Louis Fusco presents the Green Streets Project at the Pound Ridge Library.
Landscape architect Louis Fusco presents the Green Streets Project at the Pound Ridge Library. Photo Credit: Courtesy of Terri Pike

POUND RIDGE, N.Y. – It was standing-room-only as residents crowded the meeting room of the Pound Ridge Library to learn about the Scotts Corners lighting project under consideration by the Green Streets Committee.

Local landscape architect Louis Fusco, who is donating his time, has been researching energy efficient yet attractive lighting to replace the deteriorated street lamps in the business enclave.

In a presentation April 3, he showed drawings and a model of a new lamppost with LED light fixtures that focus downward, provide effective illumination and use significantly less energy than the existing lights. The new posts could accommodate the town’s traditional hanging flower baskets as well as pennants for town events. The 21 new posts would be in approximately the same locations as the current ones.

In response to a question about funding, committee member Fred Albano said funds for business district improvements are gleaned from taxes paid by the district’s business property owners. General taxes paid by residents do not qualify for this use.

To help cover the expense, the Green Streets Committee is planning fundraising events, including the raffle of a bicycle on Pound Ridge Pride Day, the raffle of a car at October’s Harvest Festival, and an Adopt-A-Street-Light incentive. General proceeds from Pound Ridge Pride Day will also be earmarked for the lighting fund.

The Committee for Green Streets is a collaboration of the Pound Ridge Business Association and the Pound Ridge Partnership. Its members include Fred Albano, James Best, Ali Boak, Wendy Cummings, Susan Grissom, Ruth Mendes, Maggie Metel and Terri Pike.

In her introduction to the evening’s program, Mendes paid tribute to the late Fred Zwick, who commissioned the original Scotts Corners Beautification Plan in the 1970s. She said, “Now, 36 years later, our Green Streets project is a continuation of Fred Zwick’s vision for an attractive and inviting Scotts Corners.”