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- October 17, 2012 VouR COt4MUNITV Page 9 1 .S By Seaa C. Morgan Of The New Era Sweet Home City Council members last week indicated that they were not interested in adopting an ordinance regulating the use of lighting in residential zones. During its regular meeting on Oct. 9, the council declined to con- tinue its involvement in the develop- ment of a light ordinance. The Plan- ning Commission had been working for about six months to draft an ordi- nance and then, seeking input, asked the council to attend a joint meeting a week earlier. City staff members returned with information from other cities that have lighting ordinances. City Manager Craig Martin received re- sponses from three cities that have or considered passing a light ordi- nance. Of those, one enforced the or- dinance by complaint only, Martin said. Complaints were referred to the police. The other two cities did not adopt an ordinance after considering doing so. Community Development Di- rector Carol Lewis said she received a response from Dundee, which has a "dark skies" ordinance. That city had received two or three complaints. City staff went out and talked to the offenders, who complied with the or- dinance. Lewis also checked Albany, Brownsville and Lebanon, she said. Lebanon was the only one with such a rule, and it was a single sentence. Planning Commissioner Eva Jurney initiated the process after ,compl~ning about a neighbor, who had written that safety was the pri- mary purpose for the outdoor light- ing. "I think that safety needs to be the number-one priority," said Councilor Jim Gourley. The amount of lighting a property owner needs should be based on how the owner feels about his or her safety. Some may need more lighting, Gourley said, and asked how the city could infringe on their rights. Stand against Local protesters, right, take part in the national Life Chain effort, a public protest and prayer session against abortion, held along Main Street Sunday afternoon, Oct. 7. Organizers said some 22 people participated locally. It was part of a national coordinated effort that included similar protests across the U.S. and Canada. The local protest centered on the highway around the Sweet Home Pregnancy Care Center. Photo courtesy of Nelia Taraski Several councilors said they thoguht dark areas were danger zones. Driving the Avenues, "if any- thing, I saw more dark spots that made me more uncomfortable," said Mike Hall. Councilor Greg Mahler agreed. "I go up and down some of these avenues, and it's dark," he said. "It's just an invite to burglars and thieves. I don't think we need an ordinance. If we do, we're opening ourselves up to safety concerns." Jurney told the council that the ordinance proposal was not intend- ed to increase a person's fear about security. She said she is concerned about light glare and trespass, and notes that the ordinances governing commercial zones and from wire- less towers have language about not encroaching on nearby residential properties. "What I'm hearing," Mayor Craig Fentiman said. "The council does not want to proceed with this ordinance going forward." The Planning Commission could continue its own process and send an ordinance proposal to the council for consideration. In other business, the council held the second reading of an ordi- nance that would, if adopted, regu- late vacant and blighted structures Over 30 years experience Free estimates Locally owned ,Tear-offs with no mess Hand nailed, architect & 3-tab shingles Snap-lock, Hi-rib metal & flat roofs All workmanship guaranteed CCB# 110950 From page 8 in prison in connection to nine theft cases in Albany and Sweet Home during the summer. She was sentenced to two-year prison terms in each eight cases. Four of the terms were consecutive. The remaining prison terms were concurrent, for a total prison term of eight years. Charges were dismissed completely in one case. Corbett pleaded guilty to three counts of first-degree burglary, identity theft, two counts of first- degree theft and computer crime, all felonies. Dismissed were two counts of first-degree theft, 14 counts of identity theft, four counts of first-degree burglary, six counts of second-degree theft, two counts of possession of heroin and 11 counts of computer crime. Electric Dennis Barnhart 26 YEARS ELECTRICAL EXPERIENCE CCB I946I7 Bonded & Insured Cell; 541-4o9-8426 Home: 541"367-73o2 dcbelectricdennis@aol.com Volunteer in your backyard forest by becoming a Friend or-the Forestat an exciting event celebrating the "All Lands Collaborative Approach," which promotes healthy landscapes in Soda Fork Watershed managed by the Willamette National Forest and Cascade Timber Consulting. Volunteers of all ages are welcome - bring your family! , Volunteer work includes planting native streamside vegetation, weed pull restoration, improving elk forage, storm drain marking, and more. Win participation prizes! When: Saturday, October 20, 2012 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Meet at the Sweet Home Station, 4431 Hwy 20 , Sweet Home, 97386, Ph. 541-367-5168 Celebration Barbeque Salmon Lunch Provided We Look Forward to Seeing you ! /,'~ J SWEE HOME, nomic vel t Group