Mayor Curtis Hardwick and the city’s road foreman will be scoping out the roadways around the Holloway Shopping Center area to determine where additional street lighting is needed.
Local resident Vicky Pike asked the council what steps would be necessary to add lighting in the shopping center area. Pike was active in getting streetlights on the state highway at ramps to the nearby Louie B. Nunn Parkway, but Pike said the lighting is not enough.
The parkway interchange and the shopping center are well lit but “getting there is very, very dark,” Pike said.
While Hwys. 80 and 61 are state roads, several of the roads in the shopping center are now city roads and at least one is a private road. Mayor Hardwick said he and the city road foreman would drive around the area and determine who would be responsible for adding lights. He and several council members expressed interest in not only adding lights near the shopping center but placing them up Burkesville Street to meet the lights in the downtown area.
The council met for a brief monthly meeting Monday night with no special topics on the agenda. Hardwick did ask council members if they would be interested in asking the county for data on the cost of operating dispatch. The issue has been one of contention for past administrations but Hardwick said he would like to gather information and consider taking over the responsibility.
Hardwick also asked members who were appointed to a committee to meet concerning a potential panhandling ordinance so they could be ready to present something next month.