Town still waits on brighter lights

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Two-thirds of the town’s street lights have been updated.

But some remained burned out and residents have voiced their concerns to Town Manager Jammie Royall and Mayor Ken Talton.

Talton said he is ready to ride night shifts with new Mount Olive Police Chief Jason Hughes to assess and document the location of the burned out lights. Town Commissioners Dennis Draper and Harlie Carmichal have also been asked to participate in the ride-alongs.

“Let’s get together and conduct an assessment of the town’s lighting needs,” Talton said.

Officers on patrol are asked to document outages.

Once the information is gathered, Talton wants to meet face-to-face with Progress Energy to resolve the problem.

Royall said the 13 poles in the downtown district along Center Street have yet to be replaced with brighter LED lights. He hoped the project would have been completed by Christmas.

“I am hoping once the engineer goes through it all we will be able to put some of the needed work out for bid within a month,” Royall said.

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