Council OKs $12,251 for Stonner Loop lights

By Leah Wankum, Editor

The Richmond City Council recently approved the $12,251.69 purchase and installation of three streetlights on the new city street on the south side of town. Citing public safety, Interim City Administrator Tonya Willim told the council that Stonner Loop needs to be lit up.

“Stonner Loop is a city street that is extremely dark,” Willim told the council during its May 23 meeting, adding that Richmond police have had to deal with a few incidents on Stonner Loop after dark.

“I don’t know that we have a whole lot of choice if it’s getting to be a problem for crime and unsavory activities,” said Councilor Deanna Guy just before the council unanimously approved the purchase.

Kansas City Power & Light drafted a plan for the city streetlights, Willim said, adding that she also met with the personnel from businesses on Stonner Loop to discuss the new lighting, including Central Missouri Community Credit Union, Fresenius dialysis center, Swafford’s Ford and Renfro Veterinary Services.

One streetlight at 250 watts will be located on the corner of Walton Way and Stonner Loop, with underground wiring. The other two streetlights at 150 watts each will be located on opposing sides of the cul-de-sac.

The streetlights purchase was not a budgeted item, but Willim said that to offset the $12,000 purchase, the city will not purchase a $10,000 utility vehicle. Additionally, construction of the city’s pole barn came in $3,000 under budget. The combination of these two budget items will make up the difference for the purchase of streetlights, she said.

The complete story is in the Tuesday, May 30, 2017 Richmond News.

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