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Officials working to get new street lights in Reading neighborhood

By Dwayne Parker, Reporter, DParker@wfmz.com
Published On: Apr 16 2014 09:33:39 PM CDT
Updated On: Apr 17 2014 05:01:11 AM CDT

Officials working to get new street lights in Reading neighborhood

READING, Pa. -

There appears to be light at the end of the tunnel for frustrated residents in one Reading community.

Neighbors in the Wyomissing Park section of the city told 69 News a few weeks ago that they felt their pleas for help were being ignored.

They say for three years they have been trying to get their street lights fixed.

The street lights are owned by the city, but the wiring is owned by Met-Ed, and for a while, there was confusion about who would fix what.

"It is finger pointing. It is the city saying one thing, Met-Ed saying the other. I think it's time for everyone to grow up, act like adults," said Kristen Good, one of the neighbors.

Wednesday, city officials heard the cries of the neighbors and discussions got underway on how to flick the switch on this problem.

"The goal is to get input from the residents on the design of the poles and the lights," said Carol Snyder, the city's managing director.

Residents who attended Wednesday's meeting were given a timetable.

Fifty light fixtures will be installed with LED lights, authorities said.

New conduits as well as new wiring will also by installed by the city, officials said.

The time line to have the street lights turned back on is by the end of October.

No doubt residents will be holding the city to that deadline.

"We just would like everyone to work together and get this done," said Good.