Randall may install solar warning light on 93rd Street

Randall will replace a electric warning signal on 93rd Street with a lower maintenance solar powered model — if the job  can be done for $1,200 or less.

The light has been nonoperational for a while, but recently came to the board’s attention when a box housing the sign’s electrical connection was knocked over, perhaps by a snowmobile or another vehicle. More recently, it appears a mower may have further damaged the tipped over box, Supervisor Mark Halvey reported.

Town Chairman Robert Stoll said he was in favor of not replacing the light, because the sign itself was made of a highly reflective matieral.

“There’s a redundancy there,” Stoll said.

But the light’s supporters sounded unfazed by Stoll’s position.

“I still think a flashing yellow light can give you more warning than just a sign,” Halvey said.

Halvey eventually moved that the board seek a solar-powered sign to replace the current one. The sign favored by the board would be similar to a stop sign that is lit with LEDs and equipped with solar power at Highway JI and F. Here’s some video of the Highway JI and F sign in action:

Town Clerk Phyllis Kaskin shared two quotes for solar-powered signs, with a used model being as low as $800 and a new one as high as $1,600.

Halvey moved to replace the  current light and sign with a solar model for a maximum of $1,200. Stoll voted against it.


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