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Council appropriates money for street light repairs

Many across New Orleans have complained about the lack of street lights for years. Now, there's finally light shining on the problem.

"You want to feel safe at night when you put out your garbage or greet a family member," said Dr. Mona Lisa Saloy.

Saloy is the president of the 7th Ward Neighborhood Association. She says the lack of working street lights has long been a problem for her neighborhood.

"There are a lot of them that are out and of course, that's why we have neighborhood associations. It's more than just the city. It's more than resources. We have to let them know things and we do," said Saloy.

Despite the complaints, the lights have remained out for years. But it seems the city may finally be getting the revenue sources it needs to fix them.

"We've received an Entergy refund and that has to go to energy efficiency fund and it's about 14 million," says Councilman Jared Brossett.

City Councilman Jared Brossett says the $14 million will go towards converting street lights to LED lights, plus an additional $1.7 million from the capital transportation fund will be used to repair infrastructure.

The council appropriated the money during its meeting today.

Several members asked about work proposed for the interstate and St. Charles Avenue where several FOX 8 Defender reports focused on the lack of street lights.

The New Orleans Director of Public Works, Mark Jernigan, says improving lights on the interstate is a priority.

On St. Charles Avenue, he says capital improvement work on the lights will be done along with the conversion to LED lights.

He admits that more money is needed from the general fund to complete the work.

The council is hoping the additional money from the general fund can be transferred to Public Works soon.

The city says it has 15 crews already in place to the do the work, which is scheduled to begin on July 1st.

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