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Woah! Shocking Delay in West Houghton Streetlight Decision – The Reason Will Leave You Speechless! Don’t Miss Out!

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Woah! Shocking Delay in West Houghton Streetlight Decision – The Reason Will Leave You Speechless! Don’t Miss Out!

West Houghton Residents to Decide on Streetlights in Neighborhood

Garrett Neese/Daily Mining Gazette

West Houghton residents will have a few more months to let the city and their neighbors know if streetlights should be added in their neighborhood.

Wednesday, the Houghton City Council discussed the results of a survey sent to homes in the areas west of M-26. It had been prompted by requests from some residents who wanted to see additional street lighting in the subdivisions for safety reasons. Existing lights are mostly restricted to the intersections with Sharon Avenue.

Residents received a card showing 10 proposed locations for lights, asking them to indicate their opinion or lack thereof for each spot.

If the lights go forward, they wouldn’t necessarily be in the same spot. City Manager Eric Waara said the spots chosen in the survey were based on how close they were to the existing Upper Peninsula Power Co. power sources.

Overall, 77 residents backed the lights, 38 were against, and 10 had no opinion.

Public Hearing

Two residents both opposed to the lights spoke at a public hearing on the issue Wednesday night.

Jill Johnson asked the council to take more time before making a permanent decision. She expressed concerns about the impact on the neighborhood experience, wildlife, and views of the Northern Lights. Johnson mentioned that most residents carry their own sources of light when they walk in the evening or early morning hours.

Mayor Pro Tem Joan Suits, a West Houghton resident since 1995, emphasized the need for an ongoing discussion with residents. She suggested that the city should consider lights that would mitigate any negative effects on sky lighting.

Next Steps

The council decided to table the issue until their first council meeting in February. Councilor Mike Needham proposed sending another survey to give passionate residents more time to discuss with their neighbors. The council wants to ensure that as many residents as possible benefit from the decision.

Other Council Actions

In other news, the council:

  • Approved additional matching funds for a FEMA grant to purchase turnout gear without PFAS for the fire department.
  • Voted to appoint Tim Scarlett to the Portage Lake District Library Board.
  • Received an update on the Lakeshore Drive project, which is expected to be completed in the next few weeks.
  • Heard that Waste Management will be contacting residents about proper placement of garbage cans.

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