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Bar Harbor Considers Removing 149 Streetlights 

Town officials in Bar Harbor are considering removing some street lights to try and save money.Back in January, town manager Dana Reed suggested cutting ten percent of the town’s streetlights, to save about eight thousand dollars a year.Since then, the Police Department has identified 149 streetlights they consider non-essential, including some on Cottage Street, Main Street and Route 3.That adds up to about 35 percent of the town’s streetlights.If removed, that would save the town more than 25-thousand dollars a year.The streetlights are rented from Bangor Hydro at a cost of 179-dollars per light each year.Town councilors will discuss the proposal at a meeting Tuesday night.Reed says if the measure moves forward, he’ll recommend that a public hearing be held.