Rep. Kirkland announces ‘Operation Chester Shines’

CHESTER, Dec. 23 – State Rep. Brian Kirkland, D-Delaware, announced a $175,000 grant to replace the lighting throughout the city of Chester with brand new LED lighting, which Kirkland is deeming “Operation Chester Shines.”

The grant, awarded through the Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development, goes to the city of Chester as part of a citywide initiative to upgrade existing lighting on public streets and within public parks.

“Public safety and infrastructure are among my highest priorities in the 159th Legislative District, and I will continue to fight to address the blight in our community,” said Kirkland, who helped Chester obtain this grant.

The project is designed to improve public safety, improve visibility on public streets and in parks, improve quality of life, and reduce annual lighting costs due to maintenance and energy costs.

The first phase will include replacement and installation of new LED lighting within high-crime areas and areas with inadequate lighting and along major corridors. There will also be the design and construction of a lighting system to illuminate the youth football field within Memorial Park.