Ald. Milele Coggs
Press Release

Public Works Committee to review communication from DPW on street light grid repair and replacement


By - May 7th, 2024 04:46 pm

At its meeting TOMORROW Wednesday, May 8 – the Public Works Committee will review a communication by the Department of Public Works regarding the Department’s plans to repair and replace broken street lights in areas across the city that have been hit hardest by the outages.

Common Council File #231847 was originally introduced by Alderwoman Milele A. Coggs and co-sponsored by Alderwoman Andrea M. Pratt and Alderman Mark Chambers, Jr., back in March. The file directed DPW to provide metrics on the most troublesome streetlight outage areas across the city based on reports and complaints by residents, and detailed plans on how DPW will address those streetlight circuit and equipment problems in both the near and long term. The file the Committee will review on Wednesday provides details on the current structure and age of the city’s street lighting system, specifies which areas are the oldest and in most need of repairs or updates, and which areas have received the most complaints.

Alderwoman Coggs once again stressed the importance of ensuring that city residents’ concerns about street lighting are being heard and that concrete steps are being taken by DPW to fix the outages throughout the city.

“Making sure that our city’s street lights are in working order and are receiving all necessary updates and repairs is the least the City of Milwaukee and DPW can do to provide for the safety and well-being of our communities,” said Alderwoman Coggs.

Alderwoman Coggs said she looks forward to discussing the issue and hearing DPW’s plans to repair street light outages at tomorrow’s Public Works Committee meeting and noted that she hopes an adequate plan and funding will be forthcoming.

Wednesday’s committee meeting will start at 9:00 a.m. in room 301-B at City Hall, 200 E. Wells St., and will be televised live on the City Channel (channel 25 on Spectrum Cable and channel 99 on AT&T U-Verse in the City of Milwaukee) and via streaming video on the city website at

NOTE: This press release was submitted to Urban Milwaukee and was not written by an Urban Milwaukee writer. While it is believed to be reliable, Urban Milwaukee does not guarantee its accuracy or completeness.

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