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Clintonville Turning off the Lights

Clintonville cuts lights to reduce budget
Clintonville cuts lights to reduce budget

CLINTONVILLE, Wis. (WHBL) - One of Clintonville’s budget cuts is making some folks downright nervous. The Waupaca County city of 45-hundred has turned off 10-percent of its street lights for good. Carol Oestreich says the streets are darker at night than she can ever remember.   And Cory Hanson is afraid that a car driver won’t see a child who’s on the street at night.  But officials said the city chose 70 lights which are closest to others, so there’s at least some illumination.  City Administrator Lisa Kuss says police still patrol the streets, so crime shouldn’t be a problem.  The move is expected to save seven-thousand-dollars – part of a 357-thousand-dollar total reduction that Clintonville officials said they had to make.  They said the darkened street lights are here to stay – and they don’t plan on turning any more off.