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Dubuque neighbors petition for more street light

DUBUQUE (KWWL) -- With the official start of summer just around the corner, we're all probably taking advantage of long days and more sunlight. But one neighborhood in Dubuque is worried about safety when the sun goes down. They say their street is too dark And unsafe.

In the middle of the afternoon, the 25 hundred block of Jackson Street is plenty bright. As cars pass by Dave Plaser's house, friendly neighbors stroll though and this Northend neighborhood feels like home to many.

"I like the Northend. My wife and I grew up in the Northend. I live about two blocks from where I was raised," Plaser said.

But when the sun goes down Plaser says its unsafe.

"Its so dark out here you can't even see people cross the street," Plaser said.

There are two street lights on the block, on at each end. Still Plaser and more than 75 others have petitioned to add another street light on this block. Making it safe to walk in the dark.

"And it's not just this block of Jackson it's the whole street. And I think the city needs to do something and they're not doing anything," Plaser said.

We were unable to contact someone from the City of Dubuque in time for this story, however we spoke with a representative from Alliant Energy. Alliant is responsible for installing street lights and power lines. They say the city requests them and the city pays for them. A new light can cost anywhere from a few hundred dollars to a few thousand, depending on the job. Alliant suggests Plaser install a light on his home, but he says it's not his problem.

"They tell us to put lights on our home and I just won't do that," Plaser said.

In the meantime, residents here say they avoid walking down the street after dark. And hope speaking out will help spread light to the problem.

"It helps both ways, it helps with us, it helps people walking and it helps with people driving," Plaser said.

Online Reporter: Lauren Squires

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