Request for more street lights in Robinhood-Sherwood neighborhood mulled by Aurora panel

by KEN LAHMERS | EDITOR Published:

Aurora -- At its Feb. 7 meeting, the city's safety-service-utilities committee took under advisement a request from a couple of residents of the Robinhood-Sherwood drives neighborhood for increased street lighting.

Councilman-panel chairman Jim Vaca said the residents are requesting up to eight street lights to enhance safety for motorists and pedestrians along dark stretches.

However, some panelists said granting the request might lead to more requests for street lights in other neighborhoods, which could become quite expensive.

Service Director John Trew said the cost of each street light installed by Ohio Edison ranges from $1,500 to $2,500.

Vaca said increased street lighting may be appropriate in some areas, but not others. He noted, for example, that the Geauga Lake and Robinhood-Sherwood areas have no sidewalks and pedestrians must walk on streets, thus more street lighting might be beneficial.

However, Councilman-panelist Harold Hatridge said he believes a lot of residents in his neighborhood -- Four Seasons -- prefer not to have a lot of lighting so a rural atmosphere can be maintained.

Panelist James Bucks suggested that the city look into sharing the cost with property owners who would like post-type lamps put up in their front yards.

Vaca said he would look into conducting a survey to find out how many of the Robinhood-Sherwood residents would favor the request made by the handful of residents.

OTHER DISCUSSION ITEMS

After a recommendation from Trew, the panel agreed to forward a proposal to Council to have a traffic management analysis completed for the following intersections: Routes 43-82, Route 43-Moneta, Route 43-Greenbriar and the traffic light in front of Fire Station 2.

Trew said the plan would give city officials data about traffic flow and timing of traffic lights so that possible adjustments could be made. Trew said the plan would cost the city $5,000. Panelists have discussed in the past whether traffic lights need to operate all day and night at certain intersections.

The panel accepted for study a request from resident William Beljon to extend water and sewer lines to five sublots he owns on East Pioneer Trail. If the panel and Council favor the extension, the cost must be determined and a public hearing must be scheduled to gain residents' input.

The panel gave Police Chief Seth Riewaldt authorization to pursue drafting an ordinance which would make citations for illegal parking a city regulatory matter.

He explained that parking offenders who wish to contest their tickets now must go to court. Under the new legislation, the city would designate a hearing officer to hear appeals, thus keeping the matter out of court.

Riewaldt also reported renovations of the police station's dispatch room are under way and should be completed within a month.

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