Courthouse to feature lighting display at July 7 First Friday

| July 5, 2017

COSHOCTON – July’s First Friday event will come to a climactic end at 9 p.m. with a courthouse lighting demonstration on Friday, July 7. Dan Boggess, central Ohio sales manager from Cross Light Inc., will be presenting potential fixtures and video components that the Coshocton County Courthouse will be using to light the building at night. The courthouse already has lighting fixtures, but through the efforts of Our Town Coshocton, new lights will be installed to make the courthouse more visible and will beautify the structure even more.

“The difference is now they have only one type of light that goes on and off,” said Boggess. “The new fixture will be made up of several different colors of LED lights.”

The LED lights use 160 watts each compared to the current lights which use 400 watts, which is a cost-saving and energy-saving feature to the county. The lights can change color depending on the season via a control panel that can be set for months in advance.

“It’s a neat way to highlight the building and enhance its architectural features,” said Boggess. “When you light the building with the same color every night, it tends to blend into the background.”

The first phase will be installing the LED lights and changing the color depending on the season or a special event. However, the county may look into the possibility of a video shining on the building during special occasions.

“It will be a permanent installation and very subtle, very tasteful,” said Boggess. “It will not detract from the architectural features at all.”

After the presentation on July 7, a fundraising period will begin and people can make pledges the night of the demonstration. There is no set date as of press time as to when the new LED lights will be installed.

“This company is a very reputable company, so I have a lot of confidence in this project,” said Barb Karr of Our Town Coshocton. “This is just the initial phase and to show the community and to let everybody have a sense of what it’s going to be like.”

Karr said the idea was suggested to them and they have the support of the county commissioners and Judge Batchelor.

“We think it will enhance without detracting from the historical aspect of this building,” said Karr. “We want everyone to come out July 7 to see what the capabilities are.”

First Fridays on July 7 starts at 5 p.m. and runs until the lighting presentation. The theme is “Dog Days of Summer” and they will have a dog parade, contests, hot dog eating contest, and regular activities.

Our Town Coshocton is a group of volunteers with a mission to bring vitality to the downtown business district. For those interested in joining, contact them at [email protected] or 740-202-1191.

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I have been employed at the Coshocton County Beacon since September 2009 as a news reporter and assistant graphic artist. I am a 2004 graduate of Newcomerstown High School and a 2008 graduate of Capital University with a bachelor’s degree in Professional Writing. I am married to John Scott and live in Newcomerstown. We have two beautiful daughters, Amelia Grace Scott and Leanna Rose Scott.

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