Lights out again in downtown Shamokin
SHAMOKIN - Once again, several sections of Independence Street have been left in the dark.
Street lights along Independence Street from Liberty Street to Market Street were out again Thursday and Friday nights, and the same happened twice before since Superstorm Sandy hit in October.
R. Craig Rhoades, Shamokin city councilman and director of public safety, said city officials have been in contact with PPL Electric Utilities.
"We spoke with someone from the utility company (Thursday) at 9:30 p.m. and made them fully aware of the problem and its frequency," Rhoades said Friday afternoon. "The representative told me that someone would be getting back to me today, but I haven't heard anything yet."
Attempts to speak directly with PPL regional community relations director Teri J. MacBride were unsuccessful, but she said in a voicemail the company is aware of the problem and is working to remedy it. She said she could further discuss the issue at length next week.
According to Rhoades, the lights on Independence Street are on two separate circuits. The circuit controlling lights from Shamokin Street to Liberty Street at the east end of the city is not affected by the outage.
On the rest of the street, only the glow from store fronts provide any light.
"We can't pinpoint why it happens or what causes it, but we have to find some permanent fix for this situation," Rhoades said.
He said six months ago, PPL workers were surveying the fixtures and studying their age for possible replacement, but he's heard nothing since.
"This is something we've been discussing every couple of weeks, it seems, when the lights go out," Rhoades said. "Something needs to be done."