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PostSubject: How to handle broken street lights   Thu Nov 23, 2006 11:58 am

(Southwest Journal Friday, November 17, 2006)
Minneapolis has more than 35,000 streetlights. A two-man crew from the Public Works Department maintains roughly 20,000 of the lights and Xcel Energy keeps up the rest through a contract with the city.

The city maintains lights on metal poles, including those along park perimeters, and Xcel maintains alley lights and lights on wooden poles. Both the city and Xcel rely heavily on reports from residents to identify burnt out or malfunctioning lights. To report a problem light, here's what to do:

- Call 311. Have the address nearest the light ready and be prepared to describe the type of light pole. You can report problems with city-maintained and Xcel-maintained lights.

- Call Xcel directly at 1-800-960-6235 to report problems with lights in an alley or on wooden poles. Again, have the address ready.

- File a report online at www.ci.minneapolis.mn.us/contact/email-form-streetlight.asp for city-maintained lights and www1.xcelenergy.com/odl/ for Xcel-maintained lights. City staff said a revised Web reporting system for all lights should be up and running within a few weeks.

After a report is made, light repair could take from a couple days to a couple weeks. Public works personnel advise residents not to attempt to repair lights themselves.
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PostSubject: additional street lights   Tue Nov 28, 2006 8:40 pm

Does anyone know how to go about requesting additional neighborhood street lights (or lights in the alley)?
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PostSubject: Re: How to handle broken street lights   Wed Nov 29, 2006 5:40 pm

I believe that there is a moritorium on new street lights. However for alley lights I think if you get a petition going and have most if not all neighbors in your part of the alley sign an agreement then you can purchase one and have it installed. My dad did this in north mpls but all the neighbors that lived around the light had to pay a share of the total cost. I would contact the city about this. If you have questions about a streetlight, you can still call us at 612-673-5750 during normal business hours or send an email to publicworks@ci.minneapolis.mn.us.
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