Just over a year ago, Thomaston officials purchased all the utility pole mounted streetlights from Central Maine Power Company. This summer, they were all converted to LED fixtures with Smart Controls. Smart Controls allow each light to be controlled from a Town computer.

The streetlight schedule varies for different areas, from the Warren town line to the Rockland city line (Main Street) and the major side roads.

Oyster River Road, Wadsworth Street, Knox Street, Beechwood Street and High Street will turn on a few minutes after sunset at full brightness and stay that way until 11 p.m.

At 11 p.m., they will dim to about half of their full brightness and stay that way until the sun comes up. Starr Street and the parking area behind the Business Block will follow the same schedule.

The other side streets in the village area will have the streetlights come on about 30 minutes after sunset at full brightness. At around 9 p.m. the lights will dim to about half of their full brightness. At midnight they will shut off until sunrise. Streetlights in the outlying area of the town will follow the same schedule

The exception to this is the village side streets south of Main Street, these will come back on about 4 a.m. at about half their normal brightness and will shut off at sunrise.

This is the initial plan the town will follow, and town officials are interested in seeing how it works out for all. This plan will run through December, and town officials are open to hearing from locals with their thoughts, both favorable and unfavorable. They will consider all responses, but will act largely on the wishes of the majority.

Anyone can email John Fancy at (jfancy@thomastonmaine.gov) or send a letter to Streetlights, Town of Thomaston, 13 Valley St., Thomaston ME 04861.

The goal of this project is thus:

  1. Reduce the cost of operating streetlights (LED bulbs use a fraction of the electricity of conventional bulbs)
  2. Reduce light pollution
  3. Improve the comfort of citizens.

In the event that more light is needed, such as for an accident or a fire or when the Public Works crew is plowing the streets, both the Police Department and the Public Works Department have access to the Smart Controls and can turn the lights to full brightness.

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