St. Louis city urges residents to report light poles that need repair

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ST. LOUIS, MO (KPLR) - Last Friday a 5-year-old child was burned at Windsor Park in north St. Louis when he came into contact with exposed wires on a pole inside the park. The city says the plates covering the exposed wires at poles at the park were stolen leaving it open and hazardous. Deanna Venker with the St. Louis City Streets Division says they want citizens who see issues to call it in so they can make repairs.

"This has been something that people steal; they steal them for scrap metal. We need that extra set of eyes on the ground when people do see a situation any situation missing plate to an electric signal or something doesn`t look right or wiring  a pothole anything of that nature call the Citizens’ Service Bureau.' Said Venker.

There are more than 60 thousand light poles throughout the City of St. Louis and they are switching from metal to plastic. Windsor Park was back in 2013. At least two poles at the park have been repaired since last Friday. There's no word on if the city will pay for the child's medical expenses

The number for the citizens’ bureau is 314-622-4800