ST. CLOUD - There's a plan to make the area around the St. Cloud State University campus a little brighter.

During tonight's (Monday) meeting, the city council is holding a public hearing on a plan to add several street lights to the south St. Cloud neighborhood.

The plan is meant to enhance pedestrian safety. City staff are proposing adding two lights in all alleys between 5th Avenue South and 9th Avenue South, and Highway 23 and 11th Street South.

The total number would be 65 lights, with a monthly operating cost of $9.44 per light. Staff want the council to establish a $1 per month fee, per unit area, for security lighting for all properties in that area, which would fully fund the installation/operation/and maintenance of the two lights per alley.

St. Cloud has already authorized Xcel Energy to install nine additional street lights at various poorly lit southside locations.