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Letter: questions about placement of New Columbia street lights

By Victoria Pike

I was excited to hear that the Columbia City Council met October 18, 2018 to approve nine street lights for the streets of Patricia Trail, Corporate Drive, and Utility Way.

These are the streets leading to the new Whayne Supply on the backside of Holliday Place Development near Walmart. That being said. It's been well over a year that I asked for lighting along Burkesville Road around all our new development.

I applaud the council for seeing that the streets are going to be lighted up on the backside where the new business is, but we still need lighting along Burkesville Road to see where to turn off to get back to these businesses.

I went in to see Mayor Curtis Hardwick and inquired as to the progress of lighting for Burkesville Road. He said he would be checking with Taylor RECC on costs. The Mayor seemed to think those lights might be more costly since he anticipated hitting rock where the lines would need to be laid. This area around the development on both sides needs lighting.

It's hard to see where to turn into from Burkesville Road. With new businesses set to open soon comes more traffic and the need to light the area better. I know money is tight everywhere and that there are steps to be taken such as getting permission from the Kentucky Transportation Dept to place the polls. Then finding funding to pay for the polls.

The Mayor thinks the new 9 polls will run around $200 each on Patricia trail, Utility Way, and Corporate Drive.

Hopefully, with the Mayors help, we can work on getting city street lights at the 4 way stop in front of Walmart and the entrance on up near Duo County on Patricia Trail.

Then the next order of business needs to be lowering speed limits in this area.

Thanks to Mayor Hardwick for listening to my concerns for the area since the girls and I are not residents of the New Columbia area but are on the other side of the road in the farming community of Greater Bliss. However, we do like to see all the happenings day or night. --Vicky Pike

This story was posted on 2018-10-26 05:59:09
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