Tuesday, October 9, 2012
The Brownsville area is woefully underlit at night, so town staff will look into funding sources for new lights.
The town’s ordinance calls for one streetlight for every six houses. In Brownsville, the ratio is more like one streetlight for every 12, said Town Engineer Russ Cornette.
Councilman Aaron Brown, who represents the area, said Cornette’s research was “an eye-opener for me. I didn’t realize the situation was that bad.”
When the public works committee met Wednesday, Brown made an appeal for additional lights in both Brownsville and nearby Robynwyn.
Robynwyn, however, met the town’s guidelines for lights and the committee concentrated on the Brownsville problem.
Later that night, a man was shot and killed in Robynwyn, and his attackers fled by car.
Brown said the area where John Elliot Hancock was killed is dark, and darkness makes it more difficult for police to patrol and to catch people.
“I drove through Robynwyn last night. It’s very, very dark,” he said.
He asked again Monday during the finance committee meeting for council to consider adding lights to both neighborhoods.
Installing the lights isn’t much of an issue, but keeping them lit is. Cornette said each streetlight costs $10.29 per month.
The Brownsville area needs about 50 additional lights to meet the ordinance.
Brown also asked about using higher-wattage lights, as the areas with lights seem very dim.
Councilman Bob Jackson pointed out there could be pushback from people who don’t want brighter lights shining into their homes throughout the night.
Jackson also asked that the town look at several locations in Oakbrook that might need lights, including Springview Lane and Travelers Boulevard.