Dec 3, 2010 6:57 PM by Stefanie Boe
City crews are getting ready to start switching residential streetlights back on in Colorado Springs and they're finding out---not everyone wants them back.
The lights were turned off this year due to budget problems. With a better year predicted for 2011---the money to run the lights has returned.
City leaders have set up a way for neighborhoods to request the lights be kept off.
Here's more information on how to do it and the deadlines from a City news release:
In order to keep a residential streetlight off citizens must call the City's Traffic Engineering Division at (719) 385-2852 or send an email to: firstname.lastname@example.org by December 31st.
After the initial call is made, all necessary paperwork must be completed and received by the City no later than Feb. 15, 2011.
The "double deadline" is in place to try and balance the interests of those wishing to keep streetlights off with those wishing to have streetlights turned back on.
Interested citizens must call 385-2852 by Dec. 31 to notify the City of their intent to get neighbor agreement to keep a streetlight off. The citizens then have until Feb. 15, 2011 to document the approval of at least 67 percent of affected neighbors (as determined by City staff) by filling out and sending in a form to the City by Feb. 15, 2011. Forms will soon be available online at Springsgov.com or by calling 385-2852.
Crews will begin turning residential streetlights back on beginning the week of Jan. 2, 2011.
More than 8,000 residential and arterial streetlights were initially deactivated by the City in early 2010 to save about $1.3 million for the general fund. The program successfully saved budget dollars but changing economic conditions provided City Council with the financial flexibility to add residential streetlight maintenance back into the 2011 general fund budget.