Burnt out Vernon street lights a B.C. Hydro problem
By Charlotte Helston
Image Credit: Jennifer Stahn
January 14, 2015 - 10:32 AM
VERNON - A city official is wondering what it will take for B.C. Hydro to change 29 burnt out street lights throughout Vernon.
Coun. Brian Quiring illuminated his colleagues about the issue Monday, Jan. 12, saying, “Someone’s got to get Hydro’s attention and say it’s a priority.”
Quiring said the lights—some of which have been dead for months—are not the city’s responsibility because they are on B.C. Hydro power poles.
“It’s a safety concern,” Quiring said.
The city plans to send a letter to B.C. Hydro outlining the concerns.
Executive director for the Downtown Vernon Association Lara Konkin knows of at least two areas in the downtown core where burnt out lights have caused safety concerns.
“One is a back alley that overlooks Cenotaph Park,” Konkin said. “It can add an unsafe element to that back alley.”
The bulb has since been replaced, but Konkin says another street light at the intersection of Coldstream Avenue and 33 Street remains burnt out.
“It’s the time frame—two to three months seems excessive to have a light bulb changed, especially in the winter months when it’s dark that much longer,” Konkin says.
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