City’s concern with lights is insincere

Published 12:01 am Wednesday, January 26, 2011

I read with much interest the article in the Jan. 16 edition of The Natchez Democrat titled “Dark spots concern leaders.”

The concern with which the alderwoman had is really late coming. As with the dilapidated housing rhetoric, the issue of lighting usually falls on deaf ears.

For years I have written letters, addressed to the mayor and board of aldermen, talked with Entergy personnel and tied red ribbons on poles sending a list of 50 to 100 locations to Entergy. Some lights have been attended to.

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I have been told that Entergy does not have the manpower to seek out lights that need replacing, to which I have suggested having a salaried person do the work, which would not cost overtime for hourly employees.

I read in the article where police officers record the address and pole numbers that need lights replaced. I doubt this is being done.

Natchez touts itself as a tourist town, and I believe it is.

However as a tourist town, we should be cognizant of the little things that showcase our city, such as burned out lights, litter, burned out houses and overgrown yards. Perception seems to be reality.

It will be interesting to see just how much effort will be put into the alderwoman’s concern.

Jim Sanders

Natchez resident