The lighting plan on Hoyt Street, which to some residents was seen as excessive, was reduced to lamps on every other street pole instead of every one, First Selectman Jayme Stevenson said Monday at the Board of Selectmen meeting.
"I have no confidence that this will satisfy the needs of the neighbors because the neighbors want sidewalks," Stevenson said.
As part of the selectmen's promise to increase pedestrian safety along Hoyt Street between Leeds Lane and Barringer Road, the installation of 17 new street lamps was originally proposed. However, residents said it was too much light.
Currently, there is a street light on every fourth pole on Hoyt Street.
"I saw the lights July 4 on my way home from fireworks around 10 p.m.," wrote Holly Schulz, a Hoyt Street resident who has been vocal about the need for more sidewalks, to Stevenson in a July email, which was provided to the Darien News. "I think it's a bit much (one is lighting the woods). It would be preferred to have them installed on every other pole to help increase and even out the lighting without making things too bright (as that one stretch now appears)."
At a previous Board of Selectmen meeting, Schulz provided a modified lighting plan that places a street light on every other pole.
"We're moving into the fall season," Stevenson said. "I want to make sure the street lighting is improved before it gets dark."
The new contract with Connecticut Light and Power has not been finalized as of yet, but Stevenson said "it is coming."
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