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Westover, Mon Power getting the lights back on

Westover Mayor Bob Lucci said the city is really trying to lighten up a bit.   

As part of Westover City Council’s first meeting of 2023,  Lucci explained that city staff worked with Mon Power to address nearly 40 non-functioning streetlights.

“We had 53 that were out and they’ve fixed, probably, about 38 of them,” Lucci said. “The biggest problem that we’re having right now are the ones by the interstates and a couple by the triangle, because they’re state road lights.” 

Lucci said the lights simply fell off the city’s radar in recent years.

“I think over time we failed to some degree to stay on top of it, but then when it was brought to our attention through council members and citizens we really started looking into it,” he said.

Going forward, any non-functioning lights will be noted by Westover police officers and reported to City Clerk Sandie Weis, who will contact Mon Power. Weis said Mon Power’s policy is to address the lights within 72 hours of receiving notice.

In other news, council approved a deal with State Equipment to receive a new Kubota mini excavator.

Public Works Director Jason Stinespring said the city will receive the excavator, three buckets, a conversion kit for a jackhammer attachment and $15,000 in exchange for a Sany mini excavator and a Neuson front loader.

Lastly, council agreed to provide $500 to the Westover VFW to assist with cleanup and repairs needed after the recent cold snap resulted in ruptured pipes.

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