Minneapolis leaders discuss streetlight improvement, repair plan

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Tuesday, Minneapolis leaders and city workers discussed a proposal made in Mayor Jacob Frey’s budget to improve and repair the city’s streetlights.

Frey’s budget proposal includes a two-year, $9 million investment to replace light systems in certain parts of the city, officials say.

In addition to that money, other funds will be available, according to the city. Those funds are reported to include a $1.21 million ARPA investment, a $2.5 million capital project investment in the proposed budget and a $1.45 million general fund investment.

City leaders say they’re looking to replace the systems in the Stevens Square, Loring Park, Como and Marcy-Holmes neighborhoods.

The mayor says the project will make repairs and add new lighting to parts of the city, and can help residents feel safer.

“Part of feeling safe is making sure that streets are well lit and would-be criminals are deterred,” Frey said.

CLICK HERE for additional information on Frey’s biennial budget address. You can watch his speech below.

As previously reported, public hearings of the proposal are expected to begin next month.