Racine man takes adopt-a-streetlamp idea city wide

CREATED Nov 28, 2012

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RACINE - A Racine man succeeded in his mission to save the streetlights on his own block.  Now, he is taking his campaign citywide.

When the city threatened to cut two of the streetlamps on Jerome Boulevard, Karl Fuller got the neighbors together to cover the costs to keep the lights on.

“165 dollars a year to adopt and pay for one light,” Fuller explained.  “Street lamps deter crime.”

The common council is considering a measure that would give residents in all of Racine’s neighborhoods the same opportunity to fund lights on their own blocks.

The city removed 480 neighborhood streetlights this year and is threatening to take out another 500 next year.

Alderman Michael Shields supports the proposal.  The problems are figuring out who on city staff would administer the program and how to pay for managing adopt-a-streetlight.

“You have to someone to do the financial end and collect those dollars,” Shields told TODAY’S TMJ4 reporter Tom Murray.

For Fuller, this is urgent.  It is a mission to keep neighborhoods from going dark.

“I’m not going to endanger the safety and security of the citizens at large for the price of a new dump truck,” Fuller said.  “It’s not worth it.”

The proposal still needs committee level approvals before going  to the full common council for a vote.