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Streetlights could be on the way for Gook Road south of Quesnel

CRD director Mary Sjostrom said residents were positive after lights were installed on Maple Drive
Cariboo Regional District (CRD) Director for Area A Mary Sjostrom speaks to the public during a meeting held to discuss developments regarding the implementation of streetlights along the Maple Drive corridor at Quesnel Junior School on Mar. 3 (File Photo - Quesnel Cariboo Observer)

After a successful project installing lights on Maple Drive, another street in the Cariboo Regional District (CRD) Area A could be getting streetlights.

A news release from the CRD notes lights could be coming to Gook Road, south of Quesnel. The director for Area A is Mary Sjostrom, and she said she wasn’t surprised more of her residents are coming forward to ask for lights.

Like the funding for the project will partially come from the over 300 homes in the catchment area.

“We’re preparing a mail-out that will mail to all the folks, and then we’ll have a public meeting and find out how they feel about it and if they want to move forward with it,” Sjostrom said.

Any spending on the project will need some sort of approval from the residents living in the catchment area. The Maple Drive streetlight project was approved through a “reverse” referendum process, where anyone opposed to the project mailed in their opposition.

READ MORE: Cariboo Regional District launches alternative approval process for Maple Drive streetlights

“That’s pretty premature,” Sjostrom said of proposing approval methods, noting the regional district doesn’t have automatic taxing authority for projects like this.

After grant money, the cost to operate the lights for residents in the Maple Drive catchment area was $7.31 per 100,000 on their property taxes.

READ MORE: Maple Drive streetlights installed in Quesnel

The proposed project would include 19 lights installed on existing BC Hydro poles.

A news release from the CRD notes the LED lights will use 40 to 50 watts less energy per bulb and lights, provide more natural white light and help improve public safety by increasing visibility of sidewalks and roads at night.

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