Lights To Be Repaired At Shoals Boat Ramp

ROGERSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) – WHNT News 19 first shed light on a dark boat ramp in the Shoals at the beginning of July.

There was confusion about who was responsible for repairs at the Elk River boat ramp, off Highway 72.  Now the Lauderdale County Commission says they have come up with a solution, and plans to get the lights turned on again.

“I use to bass fish years ago out of here when the lights were on, so it will make a big difference to get them back on again,” said fisherman Louis Hartzog.

Hartzog says he’s happy to learn it will only be a matter of time now before these burnt out lights get powered up again.

“It will be beneficial to everyone,” said Hartzog.

The status of these lights was in limbo for months.  No one could agree who was responsible for footing the bill.  An agreement signed in 1998 will be honored.  As part of the 15 year old resolution, Florence Utilities will install new wiring and new lamps. The Lauderdale County Commission will pay the light bill in order to keep these lights turned on.

With these improvements, Commissioner D.C. Thornton hopes to ease safety concerns, and attack boaters back to the area.

“There use to be a lot more night tournaments then what there is , but a lot of them kinda got away from it because of the light situation, so if we have our lights back, you`ll have a lot more people to come in,” said fisherman Scotty Taylor.

Commissioner Thornton says the utilities department will also add two lights near the entrance to the park.

The Lauderdale County Commission expects the work to be complete in a few weeks.

Commissioners estimate the project to cost the utilities department more than ten thousand dollars.

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