HENDERSON, KY (WFIE) - Henderson Municipal Power and Light’s Board of Directors are revising a policy that slowly phased out lights in alleys.
14 News is learning the power provider is moving forward with rebuilding the system.
A gravel alley is laid behind the home of Henderson east end native Roger Newman
“It’s pretty dark — it is. We get a lot traffic through this alley. People cut from Meadow to Mill Street,” Newman told 14 News.
Over the last several years, many of the poles have rotted and some of the bulbs have also burned out.
“Here we only have the one — which is right over my right shoulder. As far as the rest of this alley goes — there’s nothing else along this alley. It’s a very long alley — it goes in three different directions,” Newman explained.
After a mix of complains and considerations, HMP&L has decided to not let this system die, but instead, replace the poles and upgrade to LED lights, a project which falls in the ballpark of $300,000 and $600,000, spanning the next year or two.
"The last two years, we’ve had no rate increase with our HMP&L and were not scheduled for a rate this year either,” city commissioner Brad Staton said.
“In fact he gave us the 5-year projections and you’re talking about very little in the way of needed to raise rates in the next 5 years.”
HMP&L plans to also push poles farther apart to make it more convenient for citizens.
“Being able to see if there’s a pothole to avoid damage to your cars, and also light has shown to be a deterrent of crime,” Staton explained.
It’s a system, to some, provides safety and security.
"There’s a lot of foot traffic through here,” Newman recalled.
“You never know what’s going on.” HMP&L will have to get some additional rights-of-way from property owners in these areas.
There is word yet on when they plan to start the work.