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Fayetteville agrees to pay for residential street lights

Posted January 14, 2011 5:18 p.m. EST

— City officials have agreed to pay an overdue bill for street lights to Progress Energy, ending an impasse that threatened to darken Fayetteville streets, officials said Friday.

The city had refused to pay the Raleigh-based utility since July for the operating cost of residential street lights, maintaining that the cost should be paid by homeowners.

State regulators denied Fayetteville's request that Progress Energy include the cost of street lights on customers' monthly electric bills.

Progress Energy says Fayetteville owes more than $100,000 in street light costs, but Fayetteville officials argue that the bill should be lower than that.