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Page 12 Vct JR Cc MI JNITV 1t Te,, "r - October 10, 2012 ll Council From page 1 the ordinance. With only two councilors at the meeting, Fentiman said he would move it to the regular council agenda on Tuesday this week for input. The commission has been wres- tling with how to define and restrict the intensity of lighting and shield- ing the light to keep it from spilling too much over property lines. "We're going to bring it to the council and let them see if they want to pursue it or if it's the right fit for our town," Fentiman said. "Some standards in there are somewhat ambiguous," said City Manager Craig Martin. He pointed to a requirement that outdoor light- ing fixtures in residential zones be installed "to the extent reasonable" to direct light within the boundaries of the property from which the fix- ture is located. The standard, "to the extent reasonable," is subject to interpre- tation and could be a problem with enforcement, Martin said. He is con- cemed that it would make the ordi- nance difficult to enforce. "My concern was with the en- forcement," Fentiman said. "How do you enforce it? Do we put staff on at night with light meters?" Public Works Director Mike J. Adams pulled out a catalog to look up the lumens generated by different kinds of lights. He told the council and commission that incandescent lights would probably be the only type allowed under a table limiting the lumen level. Low-wattage high-pressure so- dium lights have a different output from a similar low-wattage compact fluorescent bulb or a higher-wattage incandescent bulb, Martin said. Martin said the proposal would appear on the council's agenda this week, so the Planning Commission can get feedback and modify the proposal. Meanwhile, city staff members were asked to research similar ordi- nances in cities that have this type of ordinance, Martin said. 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Your fenced covered patio/deck is private and comes with a 2 yr old Hot Tub w/stereo & CD player. Ample off the street parking, and RV parking area also. MLS# 656951 $99,500 FOR RENT AVAILABLE SOON: 4/2.5 Home on 44 Acres. Call for details. Rent $1600 + Deposit. Rice Rd. AVAIl.ABLE SOON: 3/2 Home with garage, fenced yard & covered patio. Rent $825 + Dep. 1441 Westwood AVAILABLE NOW: 3/1 Home. RV Parking, covered patio, dble garage. Rent $850 + Dep 350 18th Ave AVAILABLE SOON: 3/1 Home close to town. Rent $650 + Dep. 1893 Kalmia AVAILABLE SOON: 3/1 Home in good neighborhood. Rent $675 + Dep. 617 Juniper "If you set a lumen standard, you need to understand what options might be available," Martin said. "If you set a lumen standard too low, you might not have an option but in- candescent." Right now, the proposal handles violations of the lighting ordinance as a nuisance, but the councilors and commission discussed the possibil- ity of using it in the city's develop- ment code. In that scenario, the ordinance would only trigger on development or redevelopment, Martin said. The proposal currently allows existing lights to remain until a fix- ture needs to be replaced, Martin said, but that's not clear from the current language. When the proposal appears be- fore the council this week, Fentiman said, the council has several options. It could accept the proposal as it is. It could kick it back to the Planning Commission for refinement, or it could just drop the ordinance pro- posal entirely, "It's up to them," Fentiman said. "It's their choice what they want to do." David and Tammy O'Brien wrote a letter opposing restrictions on lighting. "The main reason I feel that it is wrong is because there is a lot of crime in Sweet Home," they said. "One of the tips that police tell peo- ple is to keep your yard, driveways and sidewalks well lit." One neighbor told the couple that a light on their garage made the neighbor feel safer, while another neighbor complained about the light, they said. "Do you really think a light or- dinance is good for Sweet Home? Is a light ordinance worth the risk of having more crime? I am not in- terested in changing the light to one that just points to the ground. The one I have does broadcast but not to the extent that is is offensive to any- one but maybe a prowler or peeping Tom." When David O'Brien works nights and needs to sleep during the day, he said, he pulls the window blinds down. "What is wrong or so difficult about using blinds?" the O'Briens asked. Under the proposal, outdoor lighting fixtures in residential zones would need to be installed to keep direct light within the boundaries of the property where it is located. Unshielded lights would be limited to 1,800 lumens. To prevent "up- lighting," fixtures with an output of more than 1,500 lumens would need a shield on top of the light. Motion detector lights would need to be adjusted to prevent activation by movement that is not located on the property where it is located. They would not be permitted to operate for more than 15 minutes after mo- tion is detected. Ground-mounted and mobile searchlights would be banned. Con- tinuously flashing lights, other than for temporary purposes, would be prohibited, along with any lighting that could be confused with emer- gency, warning or traffic lights. The ordinance would exempl temporary lighting for holidays and other special events, utility lighting, construction lighting, lighting athlet- ic fields for up to three hours, light- ing on public grounds and facilities, hazard and emergency lighting and lighting flags. Present at the meeting were commissioners Mike E. Adams, Hen- ry Wolthuis, A1 Culver, Anay Hans- ner, Eva Jurney and Lance Gatchell. Greg Stephens was absent. Councilors who were absent included Greg Mahler, Jim Gourley, Scott McKee Jr., Ron Rodgers and Mike Hall. If the council sends direction back to the Planning Commission, the commission could refine the proposal and then submit a recom- mendation to the City Council. The City Council would need to read the ordinance in its entirety one time and then by title two more times,. typically at separate meetings. After the third reading, the council could choose to adopt the ordinance. The City Council meets at 7:30 p.m. on the second and fourth Tues- days of the month in the City Hall Annex, behind City Hall, 1140 12th Ave. The meetings are open to the public. Fire behind The Point A firefighter extinguishes flames around a cable hoist structure used for moving logs behind The Point Restaurant off Riggs Hill Road Monday, Oct. 8. The fire burned an area of about 50 by 50 feet, including a small building, where it started, and the hoist. Firefighters from the Oregon Department of For- estry and Sweet Home Fire and Ambulance District responded at about 1:30 p.m. The Sweet Home Police Department is in- vestigating it as an arson. Photo by Sean C. Morgan II Safety From page 9 8:49 a.m. - Brandon Ryan Freeman, 18, arrested for fourth- degree assault (domestic violence) and Strangulation for incident ear- lier in the day, 1530 Tamarack, space 26. Transported to Linn County Jail. 11:05 a.m. - John Raider Chel- stad, 19, arrested on two counts of second-degree child neglect, 1300 block of 19th. Cited and released. 12:38 p.m. - Jason Allen Salisbury, 26, arrested for second- degree sexual abuse and public indecency, 1950 Main St., Sweet Home Police Department. Trans- ported to Linn County Jail. 4:45 p.m. - Donna Marie Claxton, 19, cited for minor in pos- session of alcohol by consumption, 1200 block of 23rd. 5:27 p.m. - Trevor Allen Groff, 38, arrested on Sweet Home warrant for failure to comply on original charge of driving under the influence, Lebanon. Transported to Linn County Jail. 6:33 p.m. - Kevin Joseph Holtsclaw, 32, arrested on Linn County warrant for failure to com- ply on original charge of second- degree criminal trespass, 1707 Main St., Les Schwab. Transported to Linn County Jail. 7:46 p.m. - Paden Wallace Ty- ler, 17, cited for speeding, 55-35, 4000 block of Long. 9:52 p.m. - James Albert Reed, 19, arrested for third-degree theft in connection to an incident on Sept. 30 at Safeway, Wagon Wheel Mobile Home Park, space A6. Cited and released. 9:44 a.m. - Caller reported that an unknown male pointed a firearm at him, Oak Terrace. Re- port taken. 10:52 a.m. -Alice Lyle Lovell, 50, arrested for contempt of court, 1140 12th Ave., Sweet Home Mu- nicipal Court. Oct. 2 2:52 p.m. - Todd Jay Van Der Zwiep, 51, cited for speeding, 43- 20, in a school zone, 5300 block of Main. 4:58 p.m. - Daniel Keith Fol- lett, 21, arrested on Linn County warrant for probation violation on original charge of unauthorized use of a motor vehicle and also charged with possession of less than an ounce of marijuana within 1,000 feet of a school, Sweet Home Public Library. Transported to Linn County Jail. Oct. 1 2:02 p.m. - Brooke Lynn Brown, 38, cited for using a mo- bile communications device while operating a vehicle. 2:31 p.m. - Robin David Fox, 50, arrested for fourth-degree as- sault (domestic violence) and resisting arrest, 1160 24th Ave. Transported to Linn County Jail. 3:24 p.m. -Alvin Dillard Fowler, 56, cited for speeding, 33- 20, Main and 22nd. 9:47 p.m. - Elliott Curtis Duke, 30, arrested for fourth-de- gree assault, 1846 Tamarack St. Cited and released. Sept. 30 4:54 p.m. - Caller reported that his license plate was stolen, Thistle Creek Boat Ramp. Sept. 27 11:54 a.m. - Caller reported the theft of a 3,000-watt Kipper generator, rack to hold the gen- erator and an electric saw, 44500 block of Quartzville, Calkins Park Boat Ramp. Report taken.