Petitioning the officials to change the zoning law to include snowblowers is one course of action, Karpowich told Schwab. He also suggested that Schwab call Kalinowski and ask that he not use his snowblower so early. Schwab responded that he hasn’t spoken to his neighbor in nine years, for various reasons.
The snowblower use “inconveniences everybody,” Schwab continued. “I’m not asking the board for something unreasonable, just that it not be before 7 am.” Karpowich then offered to call Kalinowski himself after the meeting to discuss a compromise.
Another group of residents returning to the board Feb. 6 were from the Highland Woods area, in protest about the installation of a new street light in their neighborhood. One light has been installed on Highland Circle and another is planned for Valley Lane as a result of the board hearing complaints last summer about the area being extremely dark at night and lacking sidewalks, creating a safety hazard.
In January, Jon Belanger told the board that he and dozens of his neighbors are unhappy with having street lights near their homes as they moved to this area for the “dark and peaceful corners” of Mountaintop and to get away from the lights of the city. He presented the supervisors with a petition signed by more than 60 residents, asking the township to cease the installation of any more street lights in their neighborhood.
At the most recent meeting, John Ziomek, who also spoke against the street lights previously, stressed to the board that this issue is not so much the light itself, as it is the intensity and brightness. With the Highland Circle light behind his home, he said he and others can’t view the stars or enjoy their backyards as they are now “lit up like a parking lot.”
Supervisor Iorio explained that the light was installed by request and he pointed out that, at the January meeting, two women thanked the board profusely for installing the light near their homes.
The light near his home is industrial grade and not meant for a residential area, Ziomek continued. “It’s disturbing our quality of life,” he said. Iorio asked what he should tell the two residents who wanted the light, if the board was to take it down.
Belanger questioned why the wants of those two residents supersede the rest of the Highland Woods residents. “This is intrusive to our entire neighborhood,” Belanger related. “I have 66 signatures.” A street light that casts a warmer light down on the road rather than outward in all directions would be preferred. He again asked the board to get PPL to change the type of light installed.
Residents Curtis Jaques and April Jacobson both told the board the brightness of the new light is “blinding,” and Jacobson, who’s lived there 49 years, added, “If they go up all over Highland Woods, I personally will start a riot.”
As the public comment period concluded, Belanger asked the board what they are going to do about the issue. An irritated Iorio replied, “We’re going to talk about it.” Jaques requested that the board members drive past the new light at night, to see for themselves how bright it is.