Village of the Arts obtains $120,000 for improved lighting

Village of the Arts obtains $120,000 for improved lighting

BY MARK YOUNG via Bradenton.com

The wheels of government often turn slowly, but are turning steadily for Village of the Arts residents and business owners who have long expressed a desire for more lighting to enhance safety and for businesses to be allowed to remain open later at night.

City officials have approved allocating $120,000 in Community Development Block Grant funding for village lighting. The village Ad Hoc Committee discussed options Thursday with city staff.

After a presentation from Jim McLellan, manager of the city Engineering Department, about options, the committee endorsed the city buying 23 new antique-style light poles and retrofitting 125 existing poles with light-emitting diode fixtures, which should brighten a portion of 13th Street West.

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