Need a light?
On Wednesday members of the Decatur Utilities board discussed how residents can add exterior lighting.
Adding lights on your own:
The Decatur Police Department recommends mercury vapor lights.
The Home Depot, Lowe’s and others carry the mercury vapor lights.
Cost ranges from $30 to $64 per light.
Adding lights through Decatur Utilities:
DU can add a 100-watt, high-pressure sodium light on a pole anywhere on a customer’s lawn.
Monthly cost of $7.35 per light, if DU does not set a pole.
Monthly cost of $8.86 per light, if DU sets a pole.
Adding lights through the Police Department:
Contact the Police Department only if the addition of an exterior light will increase the security of a neighborhood.
To add lighting, the approval of the Police Department and Mayor Don Kyle is needed.
Decatur police approve only 10 percent of exterior lighting requests.
Monthly cost of light is $12.24.
- Catherine Godbey
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