Brownsville Neighborhood Wants Light at Intersection Fixed
BROWNSVILLE – Residents of a Brownsville community said their neighborhood isn’t properly lit.
Those residents feel unsafe during night hours.
Belinda Almaguer lives in the quiet Brownsville neighborhood. She moved into her home eight years ago.
Just outside her home, at the intersection of Alton Gloor and Las Palomas, a 29-year-old woman was struck and killed by a driver a year ago.
"We woke up to the news because it happened in the wee hours of the night," recalls Almaguer.
She claims poor visibility at night has always plagued her community.
Immediately after the deadly accident, she told CHANNEL 5 NEWS the street lights in her neighbor were repaired.
However, the lights stopped working consistently several months ago. In the darkness she worries about her grandchildren's safety.
"It's so dark on the street they have to stay on the grass, on the yard, not even go to the street. I myself wouldn't cross the street if the lights are off because the cars don't see you," Almaguer told CHANNEL 5 NEWS.
We did some digging and found out that the street lights in Almaguer's neighborhood are owned by Magic Valley Electric Co-Op.
CHANNEL 5 NEWS spoke to their communications manager Luis Reyes.
He said in some cases the computer system may not alert the company when a light is malfunctioning.
"So it is always best if they see an outage in that security light, its best to report those outages to us, to Magic Valley, so we can repair it and take care of that issue as soon as possible," Reyes told CHANNEL 5 NEWS.
Reyes said MVEC is committed to the safety of the community.
Earlier Thursday, crews repaired the light.
MVEC will also trouble shoot the rest of the lights in the area to make sure there aren't any other problems.