BAKER — Entergy is committed to fixing the streetlights on La. 19 and other locations within the city as soon as possible, Kevin Dreher, a customer service manager for the company, told the City Council Tuesday night.
During its November 14 meeting, the City Council had discussed the nonfunctioning lights, some of which are maintained by Entergy and others by Demco.
Councilman Pete Heine said at that meeting that he counted nine lights out on La. 19 alone.
Councilwoman Glenda Bryant raised the issue, saying that she was concerned about public safety.
The city pays about $150,000 per year to both companies combined for the maintenance of the lights and the amount remains the same regardless of the number of lights in operation.
Dreher asked the city and the public Tuesday night to notify Entergy and mark any lights that are not functional. He promised to streamline the process of fixing the streetlights.
In another public safety issue, Mayor Darnell Waites announced that the city will soon amend its law governing the placement of house numbers on residences within Baker to add fines for noncompliance.
This is not an enforcement issue, but rather simply to raise awareness, he said.
“People need to put house numbers where we can see them. If they call and someone is having a heart attack, every moment counts. It’s also a safety issue for police officers if they go to the wrong house on a call,” Waites said.
Waites also announced that the Police Department, Fire Department, and Chamber of Commerce will jointly present A Family Christmas in the Park, Saturday, December 2. Lunch with Santa will be held at 11 a.m. in the Baker Municipal Center, 3325 Groom Road. A hayride will leave from the same location at 12:30 p.m. The Christmas parade begin at Baker Middle School, 5903 Groom Road at 4 p.m. Christmas caroling, followed by a tree lighting, treat giveaway, and a family movie will begin at 5 p.m. in City Park, 3325 Groom Road. All events are free and open to the public.
Councilwoman Doris Alexander announced that the city’s annual Mingle and Jingle event will be held on December 21 at the Baker Municipal Center with more details to follow.
In other business, the City Council voted to change the time of the December 12 council meeting to 3:30 p.m.