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Thursday, September 22, 2011

Streetlight King of Cleveland Making Progress?

Posted By on Thu, Sep 22, 2011 at 4:00 PM

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Last year we introduced you to Henry Senyak, the man who, for no money and no reason other than to keep Cleveland lit and safe, monitors, reports, and double-checks Cleveland streetlights. His time and dedication, while manic and a little scary, are seriously impressive — thus his moniker: The Streetlight King of Cleveland.

Cleveland Public Power is on the receiving end of his countless reports and complaints. Neighborhood folks know him well. Whether or not CPP fixes the problems Senyak reports is another story.

Today, a glimpse of hope and change, maybe, from Road Rant. (Yeah, we never thought we'd be mining Road Rant for blog material either, but desperately slow news days call for desperate measures.)

Senyak says that despite CPP's claims, only one out of every four bulbs they say they've fixed actually are. CPP, according to the report, says only 3% of "fixed" bulbs get a repeat complaint. Something ain't adding up, and CPP may know that.


Starting next week, the utility intends to send out spotters to verify repairs before they're checked off the to-do list, said James Ferguson, the city's streetlight chief. Random calls also will be made to those who reported outages to check on the status of the problem after crews leave.

Look for more hands on the street, too, as CPP recently added a seventh streetlight repair team and is about to expand to eight.

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