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Lancaster village leaders exploring bright idea

Lancaster’s village streets could get brighter.

Village leaders are studying an initiative pushed by New York’s Conference of Mayors that could lead to what some say would be more efficient and brighter lighting on village streets.

The idea was discussed informally Monday by the Village Board, which will study whether to buy the light standards in the village from New York State Electric & Gas – and transform them into LED lighting.

Two firms have recently approached the village, saying they can facilitate the process, village officials said.

A village committee will look at projected energy efficiency, whether some streets are overlit or underlit, whether maintenance can be reduced and potential cost savings if the village owned the ights and light poles.

The utility owns the village’s street lights except for ones on West Main and the historic section of Central Avenue, said Deputy Mayor Kenneth O’Brien III.

The projected savings that could result from the village taking them over could not be verified Monday night.