(Johnston, RI) -- A settlement is being announced regarding the operation of street lights on state roads in Johnston. According to the agreement, made public on Friday, the town will not foot the bill for powering the lights moving forward; the cost will now be absorbed by Rhode Island taxpayers. Johnston will pay National Grid about three-million dollars for the amount owed after the city stopped paying for the lights in 2010, which is when it brought about a legal challenge. State Department of Transportation Director Peter Alviti says the DOT will look into how much it would cost to pick up the tab in other cities and towns in case they also challenge the payments.
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