Streetlights out in neighborhood, but who is responsible? - WNEM TV 5

Streetlights out in neighborhood, but who is responsible?

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Rachel Silk is tired of living in the dark.

"There are so many streetlights out in this community," Silk said.

That's why she contacted TV5 to ask why so many streetlights were out in her section of Flint despite taxpayers funding the lights.

"The city is getting that money in their tax," Silk said.

So TV5 went to work asking the tough questions on what boils down to a safety issue.

Flint public works director Howard Croft said the city pays Consumers to maintain these lights.

"Generally, streetlights are owned by Consumers Energy. Consumers has a procedure where once they're notified within three days they will replace that," Croft said.

But if Consumers doesn't step up and fix them, the city is supposed to get part of that fee back.

"There would be a rebate for every day after the three days that it has not been done. So that's why it helps us to track it internally for residents because that would not have to be paid," Croft said.

Silk said she just wants the money back or the lights to be fixed.

"I have to light my house all the way around so I'm doing double duty," Silk said.

Calls to Consumers Energy haven’t been returned.

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