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Old Mill Run To Remain Dark

The German Township Trustees have shelved a plan to re-light the decorative streetlights in the Old Mill Run subdivision in Pettisville.

There are four light poles in the subdivision, each with two lights. They are powered by underground wiring.

Over the years, the lights were turned off, and the underground wiring neglected.

The lights haven’t been on for about 10 years, said Kenneth “Skip” Leupp, a trustee.

For the last several weeks, the trustees have been working on getting the lights turned back on.

The proposal the trustees were developing would replace the old bulbs in the poles with new 40-watt lightemitting diode (LED) lights.

Bruce Lauber, president of the trustees, said it would take about $600 per year to operate the lights.

He noted the trustees pay the electricity bill for lights in Burlington-Elmira and other parts of Pettisville.


As part of the proposal developed by the trustees, owners of the 16 homes in the subdivision would have to pay the cost to repair the streetlights.

Randy Nofzinger, Nofzinger Electric, Pettisville, originally installed the system when Old Mill Run was built.

He submitted a quote, saying it would cost $3,700 to do the work.

The trustees also received a quote from Creighton Electric, offering to do the work for $1,972.

But there was a question as to how “firm” the Creighton quote was. There could be more work involved than Creighton officials allowed.

At the trustees’ Monday, May 8 meeting, Leupp said he went back to Creighton Electric for a more detailed quote. He told the trustees that a representative of Creighton Electric said that to develop a firmer quote, they would have to inspect the underground system, and to do that, the company wanted to be paid.

Randy Ruffer, a trustee, said if Creighton Electric wants to be paid to develop its quote, it must not want the work. He suggested going with Nofzinger Electric.


There are 16 homes in the subdivision. Keith Short, township fiscal officer, said he made contact with 13 of the 16.

Of the 13 who responded, two were not in favor of the project. One said he might be willing to spend up to $200 to get the lights working again.

Short said if the Nofzinger Electric bid is used, and the cost is spread over 13 property owners, each would be required to pay about $285.

If the cost is spread over all 16 property owners, the price would be about $231.

“I don’t think we should move forward with this,” Lauber said.

Leupp suggested the trustees wait to see if there is more interest in turning on the lights.

Ruffer said the Old Mill Run residents should “let us know what they want to do.”

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