The amount hasn't been determined. Council is expected to vote on the actual fee residents will pay during the town council meeting Wednesday, Nov. 1.

After months of discussion, Townsend Town Council approved an ordinance on Wednesday, Oct. 4, which will add a charge for the streetlights on the trash bills.

At this time, the fee amount hasn’t been determined. Council is expected to vote on the actual fee residents will pay during the town council meeting Wednesday, Nov. 1. That meeting, open to the public, starts at 7:30 p.m. in Town Hall.

Currently, the town pays over $100,000 a year to Delmarva Power for the streetlights, numbering in the hundreds in the town. Delmarva Power owns the streetlights.

Councilman Lorraine Gorman motioned for council to approve the ordinance, saying it gives the town the means to set aside the funds to pay the power company for the streetlights.

“It doesn’t mean that we can’t re-entertain the fee itself in the future,” she said. “It doesn’t mean we can’t do it another way in the future. But, at this point and time, this seems to be the best way to move forward with making sure the town has the means to pay the bills” from Delmarva Power.

The five-member council passed the ordinance with Jermaine Hatton as the only council member voting no. He wasn’t available after the meeting to explain his vote.

There is another council meeting, open to the public, this month on Wednesday, Oct. 18, beginning at 7 p.m. in Town Hall