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It has required a lot of planning and hard work by a number of individuals. The task has been extremely rewarding and thending will be in sight soon. So goes the plight of the Harlow Park lights project.
There will be a grand lighting ceremony next month, but this event will be able to take place largely in part to the collective efforts by a huge amount of volunteers. Earlier this month the aforementioned group assembled at the football/soccer field and spent nearly an entire day getting everything that needed to be done at this time. There were electricians from New Page, a donated dig digging machine from Aubuchon Hardware, Clint Dolloff inside a tractor and chef Sue Holmes.
“This is amazing,” said Scott Holmes, while scanning the small army, who were scattered in different areas around the field.
“We’ve got five electricians, who gave their time freely and there was 15 football players, a couple boys from soccer and even a member of the girls' soccer team. I think they fully recognize how much the lights will benefit them this fall.”
The objective that day was to dig trenches leading to the two poles located on the opposite side of the field. The wires would be unrolled and then spliced with wires from the other two poles and each are in a series that leads to the tower. In August, Central Maine Power will finish the wiring and flip the switch.
“The wiring will need to be inspected first,” said Holmes. “Then CMP will connect every thing in to a main box to be located in the tower and a transformer will be placed (top of pole beside Chow house on Nash Street). We have to wait until August because of the billing cycle and save the $400 one-time startup cost for next month.”
It’s amazing that everything has transpired because it was last fall when Holmes initially approached selectmen. They approved the idea and residents voted to approve using $50,000 from the Ione Harlow Fund at a special town meeting.
Donations came in from the town, Irving, Dana Whittemore and the wind farm people. Still, the committee realized additional funds would be necessary to make the lights safer, help out with crowd control and abiding landowners, and cost overruns.
The pole bases needed to be buried 12 feet in the ground, then encompassed by cement.