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Street lights coming to blighted areas in Warner Robins.
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"Poles are there, we hang a light, they got a light." That's what the Warner Robins Assistant Building Official Ken Thompson says is coming for a few blighted neighborhoods in Warner Robins.

After a unanimous vote this past Monday in a Warner Robins council meeting, Thompson says they were granted $35,000 and will be using it to put in new poles and public safety lighting in areas that have never had adequate lighting before.

Thompson says they've had many requests for lighting in this area, and he hopes it will help curb some of the crime.

"The infrastructure back when the neighborhoods were built, was put behind the houses, and they were called service alleys, well we no longer have service alleys, so we have to bring the transformers, the poles, out to the street, in order to install the lights," Thompson says this is what will take the most time. But, he says they are hoping to have all the lights up within 90 days.

Thompson says, "It's nice to have a lighted sidewalk, it's nice to have a lighted intersection."

The homes at Wellston Villas on Orchard Way, as well as the homes on Meadowdale Drive, will be getting street lights, Thompson says before the end of the year.

Habitat for Humanity currently has 27 homes located on Orchard Way, and we spoke to a few of the home owners Saturday morning about the street lights.

Trent Compton has lived on Orchard Way for eight years, and says he'll feel safer with the new street lights.

Compton says, "Folks walking around at night, or even children playing, will be able to better navigate the roads, as well as having a safer community life."

"Wow!" was Connie Royal's reaction after hearing about the street lights. She says she cannot wait because her neighborhood will finally have good night lighting, saying she will feel safer sending her granddaughter outside to play.

Royal has lived on Orchard Way for six years. Her granddaughter, Lynese Ellington, lives with her as well. After Royal told her granddaughter about the lights Lynese says she's excited because, "I get to play more with my friends."

Compton recalls a couple of shootings throughout his neighborhood in the past years, but says the crime rate has only improved with the help of his community, Habitat for Humanity, and the Warner Robins Police Department. Both Royal and Compton say they think this upgrade will help lower that crime rate even more.

Thompson says the lights will be up and down the streets, as well as at the end of Orchard Way to light up the streets park.


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