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Some Lights Could Go Out on 280
Thursday, 17 November 2011

November 17--  The street lighting on Highway 280 in Vidalia and Lyons could be dimmer in the New Year.

The Toombs County commission has informed Lyons and Vidalia that the towns will be responsible for paying the electric bills for 37 street lights starting in January.

County manager Doug Eaves says 29 of the lights are in Vidalia and eight are in Lyons.  Because they are in the city limits, he says they are not the county's responsibility.

"We want to give the cities the chance to pick them up and have a smooth transition.  It's the responsibility of the cities and should have happened years ago," Eaves says.  He estimates the cost at about $8,600 a year.

Vidalia city manager Bill Torrance says Vidalia plans to identify the lights which are in the city and make an evaluation if they are needed.  Lyons city manager Rick Hartley says he believes the lights in Lyons will be turned off.


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