City working to upgrade streetlights to LEDs - WNEM TV 5

City working to upgrade streetlights to LEDs

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Drive down Maple Street in Saginaw and the problem is hard to miss.

"It's scary to be out here in the dark because you don't know who is walking or hiding or anything like that," said Roxy, Saginaw resident.

Roxy lives on Maple near Kendrick Street. She said at least two street lights have been out on the street for a couple of months.

She didn't want to give her last name, but did say she's frustrated the city hasn't done something to fix the problem.

Roxy lives where a concerned resident wrote to TV5 complaining of the streetlights being out for some time and that multiple complaints to the city had fallen on deaf ears.

"It's not uncommon to have lights out. We got a system of over 7,000 streetlights," said Saginaw Public Works Director Phil Karwat.

Karwat said he didn't know about the issue until TV5 brought it to his attention.

"After we're done with this, you give me that address and we'll look into it tomorrow," Karwat said. "So hopefully this week pending no big issues, if it's a Consumers power issue, if it's just the light, most of the time it's a photo cell that goes bad, but I'll have my electricians look at it and we'll get it fixed this week."

Karwat said the city is actually working to upgrade all city streetlights to LED, which means they could go out less often.

"It's guaranteed for 10 years so we shouldn't have to technically touch that light before 10 years," Karwat said.

As for Roxy, she hopes the city stays good on their word for the sake of safety.

"You don't know who's out there, you know," Roxy said.

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