Jim Hunt is pictured finishing the installation of a LED streetlight in Milroy. Submitted photo
Jim Hunt is pictured finishing the installation of a LED streetlight in Milroy. Submitted photo
The Milroy Economic Development Corp. (MEDC) has completed the Milroy Streetlight Project thanks to the help of local electrician Jim Hunt.

Hunt installed LED lighting to street lights on Main Street in Milroy free of charge to the MEDC.

“He wanted to donate his time to install the lights on Main Street,” MEDC President Rob Jackman said. “He installed them at no cost. We offered to pay him, but he wouldn’t take anything. We wanted to give him special recognition.”

The MEDC presented Hunt with a $500 gift card for his service at a surprise gathering yesterday (Monday, Oct. 28) at Jackman Animal Clinic.

New street lights were installed throughout Milroy in 2008 when the MEDC received a grant through the Main Street INDOT Project. The project added 38 non-LED lights, new sidewalks and drainage and sewer lines.

Hunt and his wife Sandy live on Main Street in Milroy.

“Mr. Jackman got this project done for us. When I was a kid growing up here in this town, you never walked on the sidewalks,” Hunt said. “You always walked in the road when it rained, because the sidewalks were so bad. Then the lighting project came along and I wanted to jump in.”

Hunt also completed all the wiring for lighting at the Anderson Township Volunteer Fire Department in Milroy. He installed a generator at the fire department as well.

The MEDC chose to install LED lighting to provide the Milroy community with better lighting and decrease energy costs.

This past February, before the instillation of LED lighting, the total energy cost for lights on Main Street was $176.70. After installing the LED lighting, June’s energy cost totaled $42.30 ($134.40 in savings).

Streetlights on Main Street in Milroy are owned by the MEDC. The corporation pays liability and energy costs through an endowed account with the Rush County Community Foundation (RCCF).

In the past, the MEDC raised approximately $100,000 to put into the endowed account to ensure maintenance and energy costs for the lights would be paid for years to come. Money in the account can only be used to benefit the town’s street lights.
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