The street light outside our house has been turned back on. It shines through my son’s bedroom window functioning as a poor man’s night light.
Personally, we liked having it off. There was a quietude about the street with the darkness. However, we live on a very short street with very little traffic.
Clearly issues of safety and security exist in other areas of town. The Selectmen’s decision to turn them back on is understandable. The cost savings weren’t being realized to the extent they had hoped, certain roadways were more hazardous as a result of the lack of light, and a sizable number of residents protested.
But it was worth a try. We hope this experience does not make the Selectmen gun shy of attempting cost-saving measures going forward that could be potentially unpopular. (Note – this was a decision made by town meeting but the selectmen tend to bear the brunt of, well, everything.) The Selectmen did the right thing.
A story ran in today’s Globe regarding the street light decision(s). You can find it here.