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Residents in Kirkwood Subdivision Petition for Streetlights

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SALISBURY, Md. – Residents in the Kirkwood subdivision in Salisbury have signed a petition asking Wicomico County to put up streetlights in that neighborhood. They say, having the lighted streets will deter crime.

Larry Handy has lived in the neighborhood for twenty-six years, “It's dark around here at night. When you come down Kirkwood Drive, you can't even see my house until you hit the bright lights." He says.

Handy has paid the price for how dark it is, too. He once had nearly $10,000 worth of equipment stolen from his garage. He was home when it happened but said it was so dark nobody could have seen it happening.

Sharon Wright is another resident who signed the petition asking for streetlights. “"I'm praying and hoping it would deter some of the crime and keep people from loitering."

Wicomico County Council President, Matt Holloway, says he is all for looking into having streetlights in the Kirkwood subdivision. The County has created an Urban Service District, which is a defined zone that designates where the lights are needed. Once the county determines how much it might cost to add streetlights, residents within that Urban Service District will have the opportunity to vote in favor of or against the proposal.

However, the County says the cost of installing and maintaining those lights is a cost that those residents will have to incur.

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