As Forest Park replaces all of its street lighting with low-energy LED lighting, some lighting heads are being removed and replaced by contractors, Village Administrator Tim Gillian told the village council at Monday’s meeting. Gillian asked the commissioners if they wanted to offer the decorative lighting heads for sale to the public.

Gillian said he’d seen the old fixtures from when the lights were replaced “30 years ago,” in backyards around the village. The council would be required to vote to sell them as “disposition of surplus items.”

Commissioner Tom Mannix suggested the heads be sold in exchange for donations to the Forest Park Food Pantry in amounts equal to the cost of feeding a family of four during the lean months after the holidays, when the pantry receives fewer donations. The council agreed to price the items after Food Pantry Coordinator Karen Dylewski reported how much money it costs to feed a needy family.

Jean Lotus loves community journalism. She covers news, features, two school boards, village council, crime, park district and writes obits for Forest Park Review. She also covers the police beat for...

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