By Tom Gilchrist
For The Advertiser
MAYVILLE — While workers are in the process of giving Mayville 14 new energy-efficient streetlights, village President Clare Fryers is giving them a little lesson in local history.
“I showed ‘em pictures of those posts that they’re working on and those posts had horses tied to them,” Fryers said. “The streetlight posts have been moderned up a few times, but they’re in the same spots.”
Workers for Corby Energy Services Inc. of Belleville will install underground wiring and new LED lights along Fulton and East Main streets. A grant from DTE Energy has lowered the project cost from about $50,000 to about $9,000. The money to pay for the work will come from property taxes captured from parcels in Mayville’s Downtown Development Authority district, according to village leaders.
“We can save enough on our bill in three years to pay for installation of the new lights and the wiring,” Fryers said.
The work was underway Monday and will continue in the coming weeks along Fulton Street from East Turner to East Main streets, and along East Main Street between Fox and Trend streets. Scott Simons, a spokesman for DTE Energy, said the project should be finished by late November.
The work will upgrade the older streetlights that are energized by “series circuits,” Simons said. These streetlights pose problems because when one light goes out, other lights on the circuit can be affected.
The upgrades will ensure that when there is a problem with one streetlight, other lights on the circuit will continue to operate.
To complete each phase of the project safely, DTE Energy will shut off power to impacted street lighting circuits for 30 to 40 days, according to Simons. Signs will be posted on streetlights that are affected by the upgrade work, and door hangers will be left at area homes and businesses to notify them that work is being done.
The project is part of a $4 million DTE Energy investment to improve street lighting service in many southeast Michigan communities this year.