Last week, we noted that Brainerd was saving money by turning off 30 percent of its streetlights, but that some residents didn’t like being kept in the dark.
On Monday, council members decided to turn some of the lights back on.
Under the city’s original plan, 474 of the city’s 1,600 street lights were kept off, with the hope of saving $91,000. But now 40 to 50 of those darkened lamps will be relit, says the Brainerd Dispatch.
Lights will be back in some downtown areas, some alleys and some cul-de-sacs. Some will be turned on at lower wattages.
The quest to save money will go on, the council members said, as they continue to adjust the plan.
“The project is ongoing and a lot of tweaking will occur,” Council Member Mary Koep said.