Garrettsville – This past April, Village council approved expenditures for repairs and improvements to the downtown boardwalk lighting. The project, which has been broken down into three phases, will total approximately $24,000 when completed. Village council agreed to the first two phases – about $18,000 in work. The third phase of lighting will be funded through donations.
Currently, Scotchman Electric has begun removing the old electrical conduit, fittings and any remaining broken lighting. They will install heavy duty electric boxes, conduit and fittings in preparation for the lighting. An industrial “blue ice” commercial grade LED strip light will be secured under the boardwalk railings. In addition, two “Garrettsville–style” street lamps which had been in storage will also be placed in this area and will provide lighting from dusk to dawn.
Phase III will provide lighting from the boardwalk to the municipal parking lot — the walkway over the falls. In May, the Garrettsville Area Chamber of Commerce made a donation in the amount of $2,000 to the village for this project. Late in August, the SummerFest Committee presented Mayor Moser a check for $2,000 as well for the lights. An effort is currently underway to raise the remaining funds needed to complete this phase.
Council President Rick Patrick stated that he and the mayor would like to have the final phase of this project paid for and complete in time for next summer. “When finished, the lighting enhancements will not only provide a more secure walkway at night but will be esthetically pleasing”, stated Patrick. “Long term it would be nice to eventually add lights on the banks and under the bridge as well.”
Anyone interested in making a contribution to Phase III of the lighting project should contact Village Hall at 330 527-4424.