Residents of the King Circle subdivision, just off Springhill Road in the Browning Community, will soon light up the night after an agreement was reached to bring streetlights to the neighborhood.
The project is a collaboration between Delta Electric Power Association, Browning Progressive Civic League (BPCL) and Leflore County District 2 Supervisor Reginald Moore, according to a news release sent by Moore.
The supervisor said after the Board of Supervisors shot down the project, he turned to the BPCL to co-sponsor the lights. When BPCL and Delta Electric agreed the project was needed, Moore told them the electricity bill would be deducted from his monthly supervisor’s salary. He estimated it would run $120 per month.
This is the second time during the current election campaign in which Moore has personally picked up some of the cost of power. In early May at a meeting of the Greenwood Voters League, he handed out six $100 vouchers to help people pay their Greenwood Utilities bills.
Moore was appointed to the District 2 seat to fill out the term of his late father, Robert Moore, who was killed in a car accident last November. He’s in a crowded field of candidates interested in the seat, facing three other Democrats — Willie E. Brown, Alonzo Evans and Larry “Blue” Neal — on the ballot for the Aug. 6 primary, with independent Lelavie Grayson Sr. awaiting the winner in November.
Should he not return in January, Moore said he wouldn’t saddle the next supervisor with the cost of the project but would continue to pay the lighting bill for the subdivision as long as he’s “on this side of the dirt.”
Moore said in his release that the lights would help alleviate a safety concern of residents because of dimly lit areas, but he also noted some residents were opposed, claiming the youngsters in the neighborhood would congregate under the lights at night.
“This is what progress looks like, and this is how change happens,” Moore said in his release. “People in every community need to not only organize but be registered with the Secretary of State of Mississippi and work with leadership to remedy community problems.”
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