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Indianapolis resident is fighting to turn street lights back on

Posted at 11:25 PM, Sep 26, 2019
and last updated 2019-09-26 23:25:16-04

INDIANAPOLIS — Residents who live along Township Line Road say it is a mystery trying to figure out who owns the street lights they say haven't worked for a long time.

The residents have called Indianapolis Power and Light, and they've called the apartment complex, but night after night the lights still don't come on.

"Well the lights are totally out, we have a total of 20 to 22 lights, and there's only two to three working on this street," an RTV6 viewer said. She didn't want her face shown on-air, nor did she want to reveal her identity, for fear of retaliation from the company managing her apartment complex.

She lives at Forest Ridge Apartment on the north side of Indianapolis. She says she's asked the apartment managers to fix the broken lights that leave the area in, what feels like, total darkness.

"If you've got all these lights, what's the purpose? They're just standing there not working," she said. "The street is so dark you wouldn't even think an apartment complex was back here."

The woman said the apartment complex told her to call IPL and she did just that — last winter. And again earlier this year.

But no one ever showed up.

Now, every phone call to wither office sends her on a run-around.

"I've reported it to IPL and to the rental office several times, and nobody seems to know who's responsible for the lights," she said.

It is still unclear who's responsible for the lights. The leasing manager directed RTV6 to a number for their corporate office, which now one answered and didn't have a voice mail set up.

RTV6 also reached out to IPL to asked the same questions, but so far — the newsroom has not heard back.

Now with the days getting shorter and darkness arriving earlier, this resident says its time to get the lights fixed so the people who live there can have a sense of security.

IPL does have information on its website about getting lights fixed. However, there is no information about determining whether a light is IPL's responsibility.

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