New LED light Amherst Rt 9/South Pleasant intersection
This spring in an ambitious energy efficiency crusade, Amherst will relamp all streetlights to these more efficient, longer lasting LED bulbs using a $300,000 state Green Energy grant.
This streetlight at the gateway to town center is already done. It was decapitated in the Snowmageddon storm last year and replaced with the new and improved LED model, which I'm told are a tad trickier to install properly, but then are pretty much maintenance free.
Speaking of Snowmageddon, work continues on the $85,000 generator at Town Hall which will allow the building to become another Emergency Operations Command. During the Halloween storm of the century power went out in almost all of Amherst and since the emitters run off the streetlights the WiFi also went down (as did 911 communication).
New generator behind Town Hall
The generator, which cost $39,000, arrived a couple weeks ago and now needs to be installed -- which will also cost close to an additional $39,000. Last year Amherst Town Meeting approved $85,000 in capital expenditures for the project.
Fiber Arts Building, downtown Amherst
Amherst College, our #1 property owner, is in a full court press for construction. Here working on the old Fiber Arts Building in the downtown, which will be used for office space.