Hernando city officials will study the costs of extending utilities down Commerce Street Extended in order to illuminate a very dark and dangerous stretch of roadway to the north of the Hernando Super Walmart.
City Engineer Joe Frank Lauderdale said he had been in discussions with Entergy officials about installing streetlights along Commerce Street Extended.
Lauderdale said available electricity only extends so far down Commerce Street Extended. There is available electricity to the rear of Walmart, according to Lauderdale.
Ward 5 Alderwoman Cathy Brooks said she wanted to hear more about a proposal that would have placed a cluster of lights further up Commerce Street Extended.
That proposal did not go far enough, according to Brooks.
“The darkest portion of the area involving my constituents isn't included,” Brooks said. “The necessity is further down Commerce. What would it take to put lights further down?”
Alderman at-large W.I. “Doc” Harris agreed with Brooks.
“I’m in agreement with Alderman Brooks,” Harris said. “Most of the complaints that we receive is a little further down.”
Hernando Mayor Tom Ferguson said the city would study the costs of extending lights and asked if the illumination of Commerce Street Extended could possibly be done in stages.
In other matters, aldermen voted to approve a list of three proposed names for the road south of Hernando Hills Elementary School.
Elementary school students had input into the consideration for a road name and aldermen settled on three choices, which are, Recess Road, Tiger Cub Lane and Tiger Cub Paw Lane, all in that order.
Robert Lee Long is Community Editor for the DeSoto Times-Tribune. He may be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org or at 662-429-6397, Ext. 252.