Jasper Testing New Downtown Lights

A stand of the new LED lights strewn from the Dubois Co. Courthouse to Jasper City Hall

A stand of the new LED lights strewn from the Dubois Co. Courthouse to Jasper City Hall

Jasper (Local Sources) – The Jasper Municipal Electric Utility is testing new overhead decorative lighting on the Courthouse Square.

Manager Jerry Schitter says the new lights are being considered for many reasons, “The current incandescent lights use more energy, take a lot of labor to install and can only be effectively used twice a year”. According to Schitter, the LED (l-e-d) lights being tested offer much more:  “Not only will electric costs be lower with LEDs, they can be left up year-round and used for more occasions.”

Schitter said there are six color choices for each strand and he envisions red for Valentine’s Day, green for St. Patrick’s Day, white for Christmas and of course yellow and red during Strassenfest among the options. The color on a single strand will be the same though it will be possible to rotate colors on each of the eight stands around the square.  Each color will be shown overnight for the next couple of weeks.

JMEU is reaching out to the Strassenfest Committee, the Chamber of Commerce and Greater Downtown Jasper Business Association for input and the public may weigh-in by calling Schitter at 812.482.6881.

Schitter said the Electric Utility also welcomes inquiries from those interested in donating towards the cost of the new lighting

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