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Illuminating the town of Mineral

Posted on Tuesday, November 28, 2017 at 5:00 am

The Town of Mineral will install eight new street lights now and two more after the next budget cycle begins.

Residents of Mineral will be able to see a little better when they are out at night in the near future thanks to eight new street lights that will be installed around the town.

The Mineral Town Council voted to install the lights at its Nov. 13 meeting. Councilman Doswell “Tex” Pierce first raised the issue at council’s Sept. 11 meeting, citing several instances of vandalism in parts of the town as the reason to install more street lights on some of the town’s side streets.

“We can’t get enough of a police presence in this town to combat the shenanigans that go on,” Pierce said. “The best way to stop this without someone getting hurt is to put a light on the subject.”

Pierce offered to accompany Town Manager Sal Luciano in looking into which areas of the town could most benefit from the addition of street lights and then getting a cost estimate from Dominion Energy.

At the Nov. 13 meeting, Council was presented with a list of 10 locations. It was proposed that lights be added at the intersections of 2nd Street and St. Marys Avenue, 2nd Street and Piedmont Avenue, 7th Street and St. Francis Avenue, 7th Street and Forest Avenue, 9th Street and Forest Avenue, 8th Street and Chestnut Avenue, 6th Street  and Piedmont Avenue and 5th Street and Virginia Avenue, as well as the midway point of Virgina Avenue between 5th and 7th streets and the 400 block of Richmond Avenue.

To read the entire story, see the Nov. 23 edition of The Central Virginian.