Village Board Considering "Turning Off" Streetlights

(January 2012)

In an ongoing effort to spend tax dollars carefully, the Village of Montebello is trying to reduce superfluous expenses. Consequently, we conducted an audit of the streetlights in our Village and found that we are spending money on lights that do not appear to be serving an adequate purpose. These lights are going to be turned off.

The Board is interested in your comments or concerns. If you would like to submit written comments, please feel free to mail them or deliver them to Village Hall prior to February 15. Alternatively, we would be happy to hear from you directly at our next Board meeting which will be held on February 15 at 8 p.m. at the Montebello Community Center. The Board has retained the ability to turn lights back on at a later date if it is determined that there is a legitimate need. Therefore, this is not an irreversible process.

The Board's goal is to maintain streetlights on heavily trafficked roads, high-speed roads and dangerous intersections. Only a limited number of our interior roadways have streetlights, and most subdivisions have been approved without streetlights. Currently, the cost to village taxpayers for the electricity that is used by streetlights is in excess of $25,000 per year, and that amount is rising. Maintaining safety, preserving quality of life, spending tax dollars frugally, and minimizing the impact of light pollution are of concern to us as we proceed in this matter.

Please click here to see the list of proposed lights to be turned off.

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