CRANSTON, R.I. (WPRI) - In an effort to cut down on electricity costs, the City ofCranston will be turning off streetlights.
Officials said within the next six weeks they would be shuttingoff every third streetlight. The move would help reduce costs afterthe city council imposed budget cuts.
The city is bracing for a nearly 13 million dollar cut in state aid.Officials are also looking to permanently eliminate some lights onstate road within the city limits.
“We get hit twice for every street light, once for theelectrical cost and the then for the monthly rental. So simplyreducing the number of hours that we leave each light onisn’t enough. We must eliminate some to alleviate the rentalcost,” said Mayor Allan Fung.
Areas will high traffic volumes and major intersections willhave a relaxed policy. School buildings will be exempt.
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