FEBRUARY 17, 1997

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City picks up tab for street lighting

street lighting by Jeff Switzer
WOODINVILLE--The Woodinville Water District wanted out of the billing game, so the city began picking up the cost of residential street lighting Feb. 1.
   The city has 204 residential street lights on public roads. In the past, the Woodinville Water District has billed an arbitrary four or five houses nearest any given light for the cost of electricity, approximately $4.50 per homeowner every two months.
   But when a light burned out, residents often became perturbed when they received a bill anyway. Maintenance will still be performed by Puget Power, but with the city paying, it's one less thing for residents to worry about, city staff say.
   Rather than set up their own billing structure, which would be costly and complicated, according to City Treasurer Jim Katica, the city will pay the approximate $24,000 per year for the lights. The city will not be paying for street lighting on private roads.
   Those wishing to report a burned-out light can call Puget Power at 1-800-321-4123.