S. Hill council still uncertain which street lights to remove
It's going to take a while longer before Summit Hill Borough Council decides what street lights it wants to remove.
The council has indicated that it might remove some street lights because they are situated disproportionately throughout the borough.
One of the areas that had been mentioned for potential street light removal is the White Bear section. About 25 residents of White Bear attended last night's council meeting to voice opposition.
Although last month the council said it had hoped to have a proposal by last night's meeting on what lights to take down, it was noted that the study into the matter has taken more time than anticipated.
Further, a council member said PPL Electric has not been cooperative with the borough on the matter.
The council has promised that before any decisions are made, and any lights are removed, borough residents will be notified of the proposals and there will be a special meeting of the council called.
"We have no definite plans, now," said council member Michael Alabovitz. "It's going to take some time to get it together."
It was noted that there could be move lights moved within Summit Hill proper than on the outskirts of the town.
Council said there are six lights at Ginder Field and wondered if all are needed, there are lights in alleys, and in some locations there are two lights on one pole.
Alabovitz said he has begun not only taking an inventory of the street lights in the borough, but also has a meter that measures the light emitted at each pole.
There had been discussion by the council about removing all the lights in White Bear. Council members said this concept had originally been suggested by a resident of White Bear last November during budget discussions. "An individual from White Bear said the lights were not necessary," Council President Joe Weber told the gathering.
Weber said council decided that every street light in the borough should be reviewed if it's necessary.
Alabovitz said the review he started indicates there is no uniformity to light placement. In some locations, there are two lights on a single pole.
He said the borough is paying PPL Electric about $20 per light.
Weber said street lighting is costing the borough about $6,000 a year, or the equivalent of 1 1/2 mills.
"This all came up at budget time," said councilman Michael Kokinda. "We're just trying to look at ways to save a few bucks."
One man asked why the borough doesn't look into obtaining more efficient street lights. It was explained that the lights are owned by PPL, not the borough.
A woman said she feels the lights are needed in White Bear because there are no sidewalks. She said many school-age, pre-teens visit friends and that coming in at night without street lights will be dangerous.