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A LONG TIME COMING Traffic is thick at the four-way stop intersection in Siesta Village on an early March evening this year. Photo by Rachel Hackney THE COUNTY COMMISSION APPROVES AN ESTIMATED EXPENSE OF $72,000 TO GET SEVEN SIESTA VILLAGE CROSSWALKS ILLUMINATED By Rachel Brown Hackney Editor Almost 16 months to the day after he spoke of the need to illuminate Siesta Village's crosswalks, Peter van Roekens watched in person as the Sarasota County Commission unanimously directed staff to purchase lighting equipment directly from a manufacturer and use an existing county contract with a firm to handle the installation. "I am relieved. I really am," van Roekens told The Sarasota News Leader following the commission's action during its May 7 meeting in Venice. In response to a News Leader question, Ryan Montague in the county's Mobility/Traffic Office — whose presentation to the commission proceeded the vote — said, "The goal is to The cost is estimated at $72,000 — $46,000 have the project completed by season," addbelow the only bid the county received for the ing that he meant November. However, he was project earlier this year. hopeful that timeline could be accelerated. The original county estimate for the work was Because the cost of the equipment has been $31,500. estimated at $12,000, county regulations re-

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