Dark Streets Concern Residents

Lisa and Kent Furlong are uneasy about taking a walk in their neighborhood after dark. That’s because their neighbor is dark all night long.

OPPD shut off the street lights because the Sanitary Improvement District has gone more than a year without paying the bill. Lisa said, “There’s no safety here in the whole subdivision.”

The just south of Cornhusker on 72nd street near Papillion has just a half dozen homes. The attorney for the S.I.D., Bob Doyle, told Six On Your Side that the S.I.D. is broke. He blames it on Federal Emergency Management re-drawing the flood maps. About 30 lots are now in the floodway so houses can’t be built on them.

Doyle is encouraging the city of Papillion to annex about 20 acres of the subdivision for a park. He feels that will entice investors to buy lots on higher ground and the neighborhood will finally take off. That he said would bring in revenue to pay past due bills like street lights.

However Loree MacNeill has questions about how the S.I.D. is still collecting dues when it’s broke. “Our outside light is on because we don’t have a street light and that’s costing us money and I’ve already paid my dues. I want to know where the money is going.”

OPPD will work with the Furlongs and MacNeill on an individual light pole for their homes. Kent Furlong said, “If OPPD wants to put out a pole I’d like to see what it would look like first. But I don’t think one pole is going to enhance the lighting situation we face here.”

The S.I.D. attorney said he has people interested in starting development again in the neighborhood. However he said it all hinges on Papillion annexing land for the park. He hopes to hear more on that possibility yet this year

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