Royalton Township wants more light for several subdivisons

By Tony Wittkowski | Business Reporter | The Herald-Palladium

ST. JOSEPH — It’s that time year when the days are short and Royalton Township trustees are taking note of it.

Supervisor Robert Basselman reminded trustees during a board meeting Monday night that a few township subdivisions are poorly lit.

Basselman said the township has received several comments from parents concerned about their children waiting for school buses in the dark.

One of the main subdivisions under consideration for additional lighting is the Rolling Prairie area, south of Boardwalk.

The township plans to reach out to AEP and discuss what it would take to have lights installed, as well as how billing will be factored in.

Manager Steve Tilly said AEP normally doesn’t charge to install a light when a utility pole is already in the area.

“If there is a pole close enough to the intersection we would only have to pay for the usage,” Tilly said. “If they have to set a special pole, they’ll send an engineer out to determine where it would go. Then there would be a special charge.”

Basselman said they also will look into adding light at a spot along M-63 that curves when drivers are heading south.

“I was driving down that stretch of road the other day when it was raining and it was late at night,” Basselman said. “I could barely see the stripes on the road. I don’t know if they went to a non-reflective type paint now because that was just repaved. I had difficulty determining which lane I was in.”

The stretch of M-63 that Basselman was referencing has several new utility poles.

Tilly also reported that the township will soon have one of its welcome signs up. It is expected to be posted along M-139.

There was also a streak of vandalism at Bicentennial Park (near the fire station), Tilly said. Posts were knocked down and drivers had spun donuts in the gravel parking lot.

The next board meeting is at 7 p.m. on Jan. 9 at Royalton Township Hall.

Contact Tony Wittkowski at or (269) 932-0358. Follow him on Twitter: @tonywittkowski.

(Author’s Note: This article was originally published on Dec. 13, 2016)

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