Gibson City gets grant for lighting upgrades
By RYAN FERGUSON/Paxton Record
GIBSON CITY — The city has received a $99,630 grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture to be used for downtown lighting improvements.
The proposed project would first involve removing the old-fashioned street lights lining Sangamon Avenue and replacing them with energy-efficient LED street lights on cast-aluminum poles. Potential additions, such as in-ground, colored LED lights, may be added in the future.
While there is still no concrete plan, the Downtown Revitalization Committee has been meeting regularly to come up with a proposal for the council on how it should proceed not only with the lighting project, but any downtown-oriented venture. That proposal will be presented in the fall.
The Downtown Revitalization Committee has also been looking into replacing the current signs that direct drivers to the "Business District" with more decorative signs welcoming passers-by to "Visit Downtown Gibson City."
Committee Chairman Sharon Craig-Heavilin will work with City Superintendent Randy Stauffer and the Illinois Department of Transportation on the logistics. Once more specifics are known, the council will vote on whether to spend money for the signs, which would be created by city employees.
Also this week, the city's golf cart ordinance was amended to remove the hours of operation restriction. Previously, golf carts were only allowed to be used between sunrise and sunset. Now, there are no time restrictions.
Alderman Dean Kidd asked Police Chief Steve Cushman his opinion on potentially lowering the driving age for a golf cart from 21 to 18. Cushman recommended waiting at least a year to see how the new time restrictions lift goes before proceeding.