Residents of Tyler Court got their wish for darkness Thursday, with City Council members putting up no fight against a request to halt plans for two new street lights on the cul-de-sac.
I don't see any reason why we should proceed with something they don't want," Mayor Pro Tem Cora Cole-McFadden said.
Police and other city officials now will meet to rework the city policy to give neighbors a chance to opposed planned lights or even request the removal of existing lights. Now, if a citizen requests a light, police will scout the location. If they determine a light is warranted — city policy calls for a street light roughly every 150 feet — one is installed without consulting neighbors.
Cole-McFadden and others pointed out that many neighborhoods do want more lights to help discourage crime.
But Tyler Court residents fretted about light pollution and said their neighborhood's low crime levels made the new lights unnecessary.