COMMUNITIES TO RECEIVE NEW STREETLIGHTS

COMMUNITIES TO RECEIVE NEW STREETLIGHTS

District 3 County Commissioner Paul. B. Curry has announced that new, county-paid streetlights are being installed in the villages of Tortugas and San Pablo under a measure approved by the Doña Ana County Board of Commissioners at their last meeting.

Curry said the news streetlights will augment lighting previously placed in the Tortugas area by District 1 Commissioner Carlos Garza. When the county redistricted earlier this year, the Tortugas area was moved from District 1 to District 3.

All five of Doña Ana County’s commissioners are able to arrange for lighting to be placed within their respective districts.

Under an agreement between the county and El Paso Electric Company (EPEC), lighting can be provided in each of Doña Ana County’s five commission districts in areas where EPEC already has unlighted utility poles in place. The agreement allows the county to request the lighting, which is installed and owned by EPEC, in return for a guaranteed monthly payment for each pole that is outfitted with the lighting capacity.

“The County Commission is pleased to install these lights in an effort to promote community safety and help alleviate the proliferation of gang activity. There are many areas of our rural communities where this program will be beneficial to residents,” Curry said. “I have the county manager’s assurance that we will evaluate each request for lighting and then coordinate with EPEC for installation at the appropriate, qualifying locations.”

Residents wishing to have lighting needs assessed in their areas should contact their county commissioner, or leave a message with the county manager’s office at (505) 647-7201.

For more information, call county Public Information Director Jess Williams at (505) 647-7229. Residents calling from outside the Las Cruces area may call toll-free at 1-877-827-7200 and request extension 7229.