Nov 1, 2013 12:09 AM by Sam Salzwedel

Broken lights bothering East Side businesses

TUCSON - Local businesses are upset about broken street lights near Tanque Verde and Kolb Roads.

Morgan Chonis owns Tino's pizza and worries she will lose customers.

"Their safety is my number one priority," Chonis said. "If they're not comfortable, then they're not going to come."

She said the lights have been out all summer and she tried to contact the city.

"We pay our bills every month," Chonis said. "And the city can't even do their part and keep our street lights on."

The Streets and Traffic Maintenance Division never received any complaints, according to City of Tucson spokesman Michael Graham. Graham said people may have called, but the proper department never got the request.

Michelle Lawrence works at Tanque Verde Animal Hospital and takes her dog to work every day for safety. The business has installed extra lighting and security cameras.

She is also worried about all the pedestrians in the area.

"They will try to walk across up here to cut in to Albertson's," Lawrence said, "and all you hear is the squeal of tires, and it's horrible."

The problem might be copper thieves, but it is probably just burned out bulbs, according to Graham. A crew will work on the issue next week.

The number for the Streets and Traffic Maintenance Division is 520-791-3154.


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