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Request for streetlights again turned down in Richmond

December 21, 2010

RICHMOND – Another request from residents to install two streetlights in the area of Tefft Hill and Carolina Nooseneck roads and New London Turnpike resulted in the Town Council asking three local officials to create a set of standards to determine where lights should stay on or be added.

The decision came at the council's Dec. 7 meeting. The three officials who will be working on the criteria for street lights are Town Administrator Steven Sette, Public Works Director Scott Barber, and Police Chief Elwood Johnson.

Sette has been involved with this issue since taking the job earlier this year, when one of his first tasks was to determine which street lights could be turned off in town to lower energy costs.

According to the town administrator, approximately 200 of the 290 street lights in town are still off. And the number of people coming in to his office requesting that a certain light get turned back on has diminished over time, he said.

Barber said the town does need to determine some guidelines of when to turn certain lights back on. Doing this would hopefully ensure that people would not have to go out and create a petition to ask for a street light to be re-lit or installed.

The public works director was responding to the fact that a group of residents again asked the council to install two lights in the area of Tefft Hill and Carolina Nooseneck Hill roads and New London Turnpike. The council, as it did earlier this year, rejected the request to install the lights, this time on a vote of 4-1, with Paul Michaud as the sole dissenter.

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