2006 Fowler Election Platform – Walkway Lighting

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Judging by your emails to the show, it is an issue that is very important to you
Scott Kitching (CJBK)

Thanks to Councillor Sandy White who arranged my 2005/07/21 meeting with Mr. Jay Stanford and Mr. Shane Maguire and sitting in with us.

LightsOn!

Organizer: Greg Fowler

A non-partisan, grassroots coalition of citizens who care about public safety and the mobility rights of women and other vulnerable persons. We have undertaken to compile a list of all unlit walkways in the city of London, Ontario which includes but is not limited to those walkways that have been identified and prioritized by City Hall, and their ongoing status. Other actions include political lobbying, media awareness, etc.

During that meeting, in which it was revealed that only $80,000 YTD had been spent lighting walkways, I expressed my personal opinion that the Corporation of the City of London was in a position of legal liability (knowing about the risk that unlit walkways pose to vulnerable citizens, yet taking a casual approach to addressing the issue). And I warned them that, because I had brought the issue to their attention, the city would thereafter be unable to use a defence of plausible deniability should any subsequent legal action be taken against the municipality.

I am proud to have been instrumental in getting lights installed in the walkway which connects Eagle Crescent and King Edward Avenue, and for pressuring politicians to treat the city-wide situation more seriously.

It seems unconscionable to me that a city which spends millions of dollars annually to expand and upkeep it’s roads, only spends a comparative pittance to install lighting in walkways that pose a danger to women and other vulnerable citizens.

Subsequent to my meeting at City Hall, a woman was attacked in a Byron walkway. A newspaper article (“Let There Be Light”; Jonathan Sher; London Free Press; 2005/12/18) attributed Councillor Bernie MacDonald as having been “stunned” to learn about the slow pace of the lighting program.

I have attempted to find out whether or not that could have been true. I asked “Was that meeting with Councillor White and staff not automatically reported to the Community Safety and Crime Prevention Committee or to the Community and Protective Services Committee? Was my opinion not referred to the City Solicitor? If not, why not?”

No clear response from any of the councillors who I contacted, or from Mr. Jeff Fielding (Chief Administrative Officer) who passed it off to Mr. Kevin Bain (City Clerk) who passed it off to a secretary, or from that secretary.

Thanks to CJBK’s Scott Kitching for his inquiry and for inviting me to discuss the walkway lighting issue on the radio program.

Some of what I’ve had to say in the past

Date: Sat, 21 Jan 2006 15:19:58 -0500 (EST)
From: “Gregory Fowler”
Subject: The Warranted Walkways Lighting Program
To: SMAGUIRE@london.ca
CC: JBarber@london.ca, adecicco@london.ca, KBain@london.ca, SEWhite@london.ca, jsher@lfpress.com, pmcleod@thelondoner.ca, John.Wilsons@corusent.com, newstalk1290today@cjbk.com

Mr. Maguire,

Please provide the following information in order to assist with my public service effort (http://ca.geocities.com/fowgre/Index_Walkways.htm):

For each of the listed walkways, the associated priority under each category.

Also, please refresh my memory with respect to the identification of walkways for this program. Although there are reported to be 188, I recall being told in our meeting that there are many which are not being considered because they are in parks, or attached to school property. Is that recollection correct?

Sincerely,

Mr. Greg Fowler

email: fowgreATyahooDOTca
smail: 962 Eagle Crescent; London, Ontario; N5Z 3H7
Blog: caDOTgeocitiesDOTcomSLASHfowgreSLASH
phone: (519) 649-0500

Subject: RE: FW: CJBK interview Monday 10:05am
Date: Thu, 19 Jan 2006 14:39:59 -0500
From: “Maguire, Shane”
To: fowgre@yahoo.ca
CC: “White, Sandy”

Mr. Fowler,

Here are the other walkways that we are working on (these have a score of 45 or less).








































































































































FromTo
Highbury Ave.Mark St.
Ponderosa Cres.Tumbleweed Cres.
Cecillia Ave.Cheapside St.
Second St.Thurman Cir
Adelaide St. S.Mendip Cres. / Kinburn Cres.
Bentley Dr.Basswood Dr.
Aldersbrook Rd.Ardsley Cres.
Beechbank Cres.Jalna Blvd.
Kingston Ave.Queen Anne Cir.
Leland Pl.Lynngate Gr.
Sherwood Ave.St. George St.
Stoneybrook Cres.Elmdale Ave.
Burlington St.King Edward Ave. (Chippen.)
Compton Cres.Wilkins St.
Grosvenor St.Wallace St.
Kanata Cres. W.Kanata Cres. E.
Rexway Rd.Winding Way Cres.
Southdale Rd. E.Jalna Blvd.
Thunderbird Cres.Hummingbird Cres.
Cardigan Dr.White Sands Dr.
Daleview Cres.Stoneybrook Cres.
Highbury Ave. N.Brookhaven Pl.
Jennifer GardensHasting Dr.
Josselyn Dr.Kristina Cres.
Manitoulin Dr.Algonquin Cres,
Manitoulin Dr.Strathcona Dr.
Mark St.Michael St.
Baseline Rd. W.Center Cres.
Galloway Cres.Belmont Dr.
Queen Anne Cir.Lloyd Manor Cres.
Riverside Dr.Alder Grove
Pond Mills Rd.Millridge Cres.
Fairfax Crt.Sherwood Forest Mall
Farnsborough Cres.Fleming Dr.
Higland Ave.Dundee Crt.
Kanata Cers.Mockingbird Cres.
Wisperwood Cres.Byron Baseline Rd.
Christians Dr.Huron St.
Harding Cres.Adelaide St. S.
Oakwood Dr.Grandview Cres.
Rockwyn Cres.Coldstream Cres.
Sunnyside Cres.Shady Lane
Vaubois Pl.Carlyle Dr.
Adelaide St. N.Delmont Pl.
Hastings Dr.Meridene Cres.
Trillium Cres.Vesta Pl.
Thurman Cir.Farnsborough Cres.
Bayview Crt.Classic Dr.
Radcliffe Cres.Oxford St. W.
St. Croix Ave.Wembley Rd.
Alder GroveGreen Hedge Crt.
Ambleside Dr.Bassenthwaite Cres.
Ashley Cres. N.Ashley Cres. S.
Blanchard Rd.Limberlost Rd.
Chepstow CloseEdgar Dr.
Classic Cres.Quail Ridge Cres.
Deer Park Cir. (near Inverness)Tarbart terr.
Deer Park Cir. (near Luxton)Tarbart terr.
Fitzwilliam Cres.Manchester Rd.
Guilford Cres.Commissioners Rd. W.
Heathcote Ave.Bromleigh Ave.
Hillsborough Rd.Lenore St.
Jennifer Cres.Nanette Cres.
Malcolm St.Pinewood Dr.
Manitoulin Dr.Breton Park Cres.
Royal Cres.Wavell St.
Seeley Dr.Wavell St.
Sorrel Rd.Addison Dr.
Steeplechase Rd.Fox Mill Grove
Summerdale Cres.September Cres.
Sunnyside Dr.Ravine Ridge Cres.
Tamarack Cres.Farmington Cres.
Toohey LaneMoraine Walk
Walmer GardensEdgar Dr.
Weymouth Dr.Marconi Blvd.
Wilkins St.Easy St.
Wilow Dr.Willow Ln.
Wychwood Pk.Rollingwood Cir.
Huron St.Seville Park Pl.
Sarnia Rd.Reid Crt.
Beechbank Cres.Montgomery Rd.
Buttermere Rd.Ravenglass Cres.
Byron Blvd.Brock Ln.
Caprice Cres.Seaforth Crt.
Claredon Cres.Ferndale Ave.
Classic Dr.Selkirk St.
Empress Ave.Loraine Ave.
Fieldgate Cir.Marconi Blvd.
Frontenac Rd.Stormont Dr.
Gerald Cres.Pond Mill Rd.
Glengarry Ave.McLeod Cres.
Gramercy Park Pl.Highbury Ave. N.
Green Hedge Crt.Green Hedge Ln.
Greenfield Ct.Piers Cres.
Hillhead Rd.Hart Cres.
Huron GreenPerth Ave.
King Edward Ave.Burlington St. (near Cleveland)
Pondview Terr.Milan Pl.
Queenston Cres.Laurentian Dr. N.
Rostherne Cres.Sloane Cres.
Seaforth Crt.Speight Blvd.
Strathcona Dr.Watmar Ave.
Torrington Cres.Commissioners Rd. E.
Westbury Cres.Notre Dame Dr.
Whitehaven Cres.Brian Ave.
Worthington Ave.Edmunds Cres.
Wortley Rd.Dunkirk Pl.
Acton Cres.North into apartment complex
Pawnee Rd.Huron St.
Aldersbrook GateThackerey Pl.
Broughdale Ave.Western Univ. parking lot
Carol St.Pinewood Dr.
Hunt Village Cres.Normandy Gardens
Hyde Park Rd.Guildwood Blvd.
Ivanhill Rd.Queen Mary Cers.
Outer Dr.Scottsdale St.
Outer Dr.Sunray Ave.
Pinebrook Pl.Carriage Hill Cres.
Regal Dr.Trillium Cres.
Steele St.Broughdale Ave.
Tommy Hunter WaySanders St.
Acorn Cres.Wonderland Rd. N.
Angus Crt.Windermere Rd.
Basswood Rd.Huron St.
Comox Crt.Boler Rd.
Cuthbert Cir.Darnley Blvd.
Eden Ave.Wellington Rd.
Genevive Cres.Northland Shopping Center
Huron St.Perth Ave.
Orkney Cres.Windermere Rd.
Southwinds Dr.Kilbourne Rd.
Adelaide St. N.Blackwater Pl.
Homestead Cres.Key Hill Pl.

Shane Maguire, P. Eng.
Division Manager
Parking & Traffic Signals

Subject: FW: CJBK interview Monday 10:05am
Date: Thu, 19 Jan 2006 05:31:47 -0500
From: “White, Sandy”
To: fowgre@yahoo.ca

The Warranted Walkways Lighting Program was developed to prioritize the 188 un-lit walkways. The following rating system is used to rate the un-lit walkways (maximum score is 100):

CriteriaRatingComment
The type of use serviced by the walkway.Yes/
No
Those walkways that connect to areas where night use is prohibited or discouraged were not considered eligible for lighting.
Whether the streets are illuminated at either end of the walkway 0,
 5,
10
Walkways from streets without lights were given a lower priority[d1] .
Volume of pedestrians expected to utilize the walkway 5,
15,
20
Pedestrian volume was estimated based on nearby land uses. Those walkways with higher pedestrian volumes were rated highest.
Horizontal or vertical view obstructions including stairs0 – 20Those walkways with view obstructions were given higher priority. Lights would benefit users negotiating stairs or obstructions.
The length of the walkway 0,
 5,
10
Longer walkways were rated higher because less light is available from the streets at either end.
The potential for criminal activity against people 0,
10,
20
Serious acts against persons within 100m of a walkway were considered.
The potential for criminal activity against property 0,
10,
20
Serious acts against property within 100m of a walkway were considered.

Using the above rating system, lights were installed in the walkways with the highest rating. The following is the list of walkways we have installed lights to date since the program started:

FromTo
Belmont Dr.Gordon Ave.
Cheswick CircleLacey Cres.
Fairchild Cres.Cheswick Circle
Ferndale Crt.Nixon Ave.
King Edward Ave.Eagle Cres.
Kipps LaneArbour Glen Cres.
Muriel Cres.Ponderosa Cres.
Paperbirch Cres.Castlegrove Blvd.
Rosamond Cres.Muriel Cres.
Sevilla Park Pl.Leroy Ave.
Thunderbird Cres.Kanata Cres.

The installation of lights in the following walkways is currently out to tender or quotation:

FromTo
Almond Crt.Oregon Rd.
Amy Cres.Cecilla Pl.
Augusta Cres.Clara Cres.
Bridlington Rd.Pond Mills Rd.
Chapple Hill Rd.Scotchpine Cres.
Concord Cres.Thistledown Way
720/724 Dundas St.
Finch Cres.Augusta Cres.
Highbury Ave. N.Genevive Cres.
Koru Crt.Grieve Pl.
North Centre Rd.Sunnyside Cres.
427-437 Rectory St.
Somerset Crt.Boler Rd.
Sunnyside Cres.Amberwood Rd.
Thunderbird Cres.Monte Vista Cres.
Waterman Ave.Chiddington Ave.
Wisperwood Ave. S.Griffith St.

The final list of walkways are those that have a rating of 50 out of 100 and the lighting design is currently underway:

FromTo
Baseline Rd. W.Huxley St.
Carriage Hill Dr.Tallwood Dr.
Cranbrook Rd.Tamarack Cres.
Farmington Cres.Birchmount Walk
Fiddlers Green Rd.Quinton Rd.
Pine Valley Dr.Monte Vista Cres.
Rollingwood Cir.Bloomfield Dr.
Rossmore Crt.County Club Dr.
Somerset Rd.Somerset Cres.
St. Bees CloseHillside Dr
Stephen St.Brock Ln.
Wisperwood Ave. N.Griffith St. (near Wayne Rd.)

Completion of these walkway lights is scheduled for this spring which should use up the entire 2005 approved budget.

Date: Wed, 18 Jan 2006 19:50:46 -0500 (EST)
From: “Gregory Fowler”
Subject: Picking at Loose Ends
To: “White, Sandy”
CC: JBarber@london.ca, adecicco@london.ca, “Bain, Kevin” , jsher@lfpress.com, pmcleod@thelondoner.ca, John.Wilsons@corusent.com, newstalk1290today@cjbk.com

Hi Sandy,

To begin with, my thanks for your kind comments on the recent CJBK segment. Also, a reminder that you’ve promised me the list of city walkways, sorted according to the assigned priority of lighting them.

Secondly, and further to your 2006/01/10 email in which you promised to review and get back to me. Sadly, I have to report that I have still not received a direct answer to my question about process at City Hall. Specifically… IS THERE A POLICY WHICH DIRECTS THAT, WHEN A SERIOUS CONCERN ABOUT PUBLIC SAFETY IS RECEIVED BY ANY ELECTED OFFICIAL OR STAFF, THAT SAID CONCERN BE COMMUNICATED TO COUNCIL, EITHER DIRECTLY OR VIA COMMITTEE?

Be advised that I have no intention of allowing City Hall to ignore me on this important matter. I will be contacting Councillor Eagle about the possibility of appearing before CAPS in order to pursue this. Also, I understand that the new Municipal Act does contain some accountability measures, and I am prepared to investigate the possibility of filing a formal complaint with the Minister if I don’t soon get some straight answers.

Finally, with respect to my foiled attempt to provide a public service re bylaws. I expect that you have reviewed the correspondence by now (posted on my website). Kindly identify the appropriate committee to which I can appeal this staff decision.

Sincerely,

Greg Fowler

email: fowgre@yahoo.ca
smail: 962 Eagle Crescent; London, Ontario; N5Z 3H7
Blog: ca.geocities.com/fowgre/
phone: (519) 649-0500

Date: Tue, 17 Jan 2006 11:09:42 -0500 (EST)
From: “Gregory Fowler”
Subject: Time to Declare Priorities
To: johnw@am980.ca

John,

With respect to your question this morning.

I think that the current system of garbage pickup was well-intentioned but ill-advised. A return to weekly pickup would facilitate the implementation of bag limits, as well as an expansion of the city’s recycling efforts. However. It’s been reported that “going to weekly pickup would cost about $1.3 million extra a year.”

As long as women and other vulnerable citizens remain at risk because there are unlit walkways in this city, that is where such money would best be spent.

It’s a question of choice. What’s your priority?

Sincerely,

Greg Fowler

email: fowgre@yahoo.ca
smail: 962 Eagle Crescent; London, Ontario; N5Z 3H7
Blog: ca.geocities.com/fowgre/
phone: (519) 649-0500

Date: Mon, 16 Jan 2006 15:05:31 -0500 (EST)
From: “Gregory Fowler”
Subject: Unlit Walkways
To: newstalk1290today@cjbk.com

Scott,

With respect to the discussion of unlit walkways, and the gentleman who voiced the opinion that women should know better than to use walkways after dark.

Last time I looked, there was no curfew which makes it illegal for women to be out past dusk.

The suggestion that it’s somehow wrong to use tax dollars to light walkways in order to reduce risk, is abhorent to me. In this country, women enjoy equality rights with men, and that includes mobility rights.

The freedoms which we enjoy were handed to us on a silver platter. My uncle gave his life in the North Atlantic during WWII, and many other young men of his generation did likewise.

Next to their price, surely the very least that our priviledged generations can do, is to oppose those who would deprive us of those rights, by parting with some tax dollars.

Sincerely,

Greg Fowler,
email: fowgre@yahoo.ca
smail: 962 Eagle Crescent; London, Ontario; N5Z 3H7
Blog: ca.geocities.com/fowgre/
phone: (519) 649-0500

Date: Fri, 13 Jan 2006 15:07:02 -0500 (EST)
From: “Gregory Fowler”
Subject: Re: Media Sensationalism or Favoritism?
To: “Scott Kitching”
CC: “Sandy White” , adecicco@london.ca, jsher@lfpress.com, pmcleod@thelondoner.ca, John.Wilsons@corusent.com

Scott,

Thanks for taking the time to reply. I appreciate that very much.

Hopefully, you weren’t too offended by the critical tone of my email. Sometimes, frustration gets the best of me. In fairness though, I’ve been working hard to raise an awareness of public safety concerns in the community for many years, without a whole lot of recognition. It’s a constant fight to keep frustration from turning into cynicism and apathy.

I’m happy to hear that you’ll be addressing the particular issue of walkway lighting on Monday. I will certainly make an effort to call in, if I can. In the meantime, if you haven’t already done so, I encourage you to review the material that is in the “Walkway Lighting” archive on my web site (see sig below).

Although it is only part of the larger “public safety” issue, the danger of unlit walkways is something that I’ve been very concerned about for several years. That’s why it didn’t take me long after moving into my current neighbourhood, to start lobbying for improvements to the local walkway.

Those efforts finally resulted in a meeting at City Hall last July with Councillor White, Jay Stanford and Shane Maguire, and their promise that lighting would be installed “before the Fall.” During that same meeting, I made it clear that my concern was city-wide, and not simply my immediate neighbourhood. I expressed the opinion that the city is in a position of legal liability, since this public safety problem is one that they’ve been aware of for a long time. I also expressed the opinion that, should anyone else be victim to an attack and injury on an unlit walkway, and especially given the city’s woefully inadequate record of addressing the problem, that it would be unable to use a defence of “plausible deniability.”

Looking back, perhaps I was too naive. I assumed that, having brought forward my concerns about an ongoing serious public safety issue, that those concerns and the information that was presented during our meeting, would automatically be communicated to City Council, either directly or via the appropriate committees.

Had that happened, and had the anticipated further discussion taken place, the probability is that the issue would have been reflected in the media. And if that had happened, who knows? Perhaps the subsequent attack upon the woman in Byron might not have taken place.

Following that attack, Jonathan Sher attributed comments to Councillor MacDonald to the effect that he had been “shocked” to learn that so little of the money budgeted for walkway lighting had actually been spent last year. That infuriated me, and caused me to start asking more questions.

Specifically, I wanted to know whether or not any of the Council members had any right to claim that they didn’t know any better.

Although I’ve had some response, it’s been a bit of a typical struggle to get the answers that I want. I’ve been told of some action that was directed following my meeting, but not specifically whether or not other Council members were informed.

I’m not sure how fair it is for me to point fingers at specific individuals. Am I blameless, given the fact that I did not pursue the matter more than what I did? I can tell you that I’ve had some sleepless nights.

What I’m most upset about is the fact that this appears to have been put on a back burner again. Witness the inordinate public attention that’s been given to the Ward Boundaries issue. Whereas I haven’t had any response from any of the politicians, and staff appear to have been “talking around” the information I’ve asked for.

IS THERE A POLICY WHICH DIRECTS THAT, WHEN A SERIOUS CONCERN ABOUT PUBLIC SAFETY IS RECEIVED BY ANY ELECTED OFFICIAL OR STAFF, THAT SAID CONCERN BE COMMUNICATED TO COUNCIL, EITHER DIRECTLY OR VIA COMMITTEE?

I don’t think that I should have to jump through hoops to get an answer to that question.

Greg:

Just wanted to let you know that we will be talking about unlit walkways on the show on Monday during the 10 o’clock hour. Councillor Sandy White will be my interview guest at the beginning of the segment.

If you have any information that you would like to pass along that would help the discussion, please email it to newstalk1290today@cjbk.com. I would also encourage you to call in during the segment.

Judging by your emails to the show, it is an issue that is very important to you, so we would like to hear your opinion.

Thanks,
Scott Kitching

Date: Fri, 13 Jan 2006 11:07:34 -0500 (EST)
From: “Gregory Fowler”
Subject: Media Sensationalism or Favoritism?
To: newstalk1290today@cjbk.com

Oh My God! Such a tempest in a teapot!

Tom Gosnell et al have made it abundantly clear that they’re unhappy about having lost the decision to redraw ward boundaries. And they were paid significant attention by local media outlets, and their message received substantial amount of air time and newspaper space.

So, having achieved that, how does a consumate politician manage to hammer citizens with the same opinion all over again?

You have to hand it to Mr. Gosnell for being so media savy.

How much air time did you accord Mr. Gosnell on your program this morning? How much of that air time did Mr. Gosnell spend talking about the issue of Mr. Trowsow’s citizenship? How much more time did he use rehammering his message that the big bad OMB outsider from Toronto imposed a terrible decision upon us?

Why is it that I’ve had virtually NO response at all from local media with respect to the issue of walkway lighting? A brief mention in a single article by Jonathan Sher, and that’s it. A matter of significant public safety.

Shame on you.

Sincerely,

Greg Fowler,
email: fowgre@yahoo.ca
smail: 962 Eagle Crescent; London, Ontario; N5Z 3H7
Blog: ca.geocities.com/fowgre/
phone: (519) 649-0500

Date: Tue, 10 Jan 2006 16:47:05 -0500 (EST)
From: “Gregory Fowler”
Subject: Failure to Communicate
To: “Sandy White”
CC: adecicco@london.ca, jsher@lfpress.com, pmcleod@thelondoner.ca, John.Wilsons@corusent.com, newstalk1290today@cjbk.com

Sandy,

With respect to the issue of Needle Disposal Bins.

Since there’s been no response from Mr. Irwin at the Central Library, or from anyone at the London Middlesex Health Unit, or from Councillor Eagle, or from Councillor Tranquilli …

and as I’ve expressed to you before, this is terrible behaviour on the part of people who are paid out of the public purse…

Please visit my web blog and review my letters of 2006/01/07 which you will find in the “Library Services” archive.

Perhaps you are in a better position to make inquiries and to get answers than what I am.

More importantly…

Please also review my recent correspondence in the “Unlit Walkways” archive with respect to our 2005/07/21 meeting. I am obviously very interested in hearing what you have to say about the failure to communicate the issues which I raised and the information which was disclosed about the Walkway program by staff, to other Council members.

I cannot forget the woman who was attacked in Byron. And I cannot help but wonder what might have been, if the issue of walkway lighting had been discussed at committee or Council and reflected in the media.

I will not rest until this matter is satisfactorily addressed.

Sincerely,

Mr. Greg Fowler,
email: fowgreATyahooDOTca
smail: 962 Eagle Crescent; London, Ontario; N5Z 3H7
Blog: caDOTgeocitiesDOTcomSLASHfowgreSLASH
phone: (519) 649-0500

Date: Mon, 9 Jan 2006 17:44:51 -0500 (EST)

From: “Gregory Fowler”

Subject: RE: Inquiries
To: “Mercier, Betty”

Betty,

Given the likelihood that this is about to get very public, it is extremely important that I not misinterpret what you’ve just told me. You’re saying that because I met with Councillor White, Mr. Stanford and Mr. Maguire instead of writing a letter, that a matter of concern for public safety such as this was not communicated to other members of City Council? You’re saying that there’s no policy in place which directs that matters of such seriousness be referred to the appropriate committees, regardless of how or by whom they’re received?

Gregory,

If you had submitted a communication with respect to this matter, it would have been placed on the ETC agenda for the committee to respond to, in all likelihood the committee would have referred it to staff to respond – as was the turnout from your meeting with Jay and Shane. So, no Council would not have been communicated directly because it did not go through the ETC.

Betty Mercier
Committee Secretary
City of London
Clerk’s Department
Phone: 519-661-2500 ext. 4856
Fax: 519-6614892

Date: Mon, 9 Jan 2006 15:41:16 -0500 (EST)
From: “Gregory Fowler”
Subject: RE: LTC Inquiry
To: “Mercier, Betty”

Thanks for the email and for the mailout which I received this morning.

Further to the Walkway Lighting inquiry, and your response with respect to the actions taken by Mr. Stanford and Mr. Maguire.

In addition to those actions which you described, and as I’ve asked about previously, was my meeting (and more importantly, the information which was discussed in it) which gave rise to those actions, communicated to Council directly, or via any of the standing committees? And if not, why not?

Sincerely,

Mr. Greg Fowler
email: fowgre@yahoo.ca
smail: 962 Eagle Crescent; London, Ontario; N5Z 3H7
Blog: ca.geocities.com/fowgre/
phone: (519) 649-0500

From: Gregory Fowler [mailto:fowgre@yahoo.ca]
Sent: Friday, January 06, 2006 4:41 PM
To: Mercier, Betty
Subject: Re: LTC Inquiry

Thank you. I look forward to receiving the documents and to your further communication.

Have a nice weekend.

Hello Mr. Fowler,

I am the Committee Secretary for the Environment and Transportation Committee and will attempt to provide clarification on your concerns.

Q. How is a communication to Council handled?

A. Communication(s) to Council are handled usually through one of three standing committees. The Planning Committee, Environment and Transportation Committee (ETC) or the Community and Protective Services Committee (CPSC). When a written communication is received with a signed signature, address and phone number or via an e-mail with address and phone number then it is given to the appropriate committee secretary. It is then placed on the agenda for that committee meeting.

Q. How was my Dec. 10, 2005 email (via email to K. Bain) handled?

A. Your communication dated December 10th was past the deadline for the ETC agenda and will be put on the January 16, 2006 ETC agenda.

Q. How was the walkway lighting matter handled.

A. With respect to your meeting with Jay Stanford and Shane Maguire the following was resolved. Jay directed the City’s Operations staff to clean up the weeds, trim the trees and to keep an eye on the snow conditions on the walkway to Eagle Court and had the pot holes filled last summer. Shane directed the energizing of the lights on the walkway on December 14th.

For your information copies of the following documents have been mailed out to you today:

1. Councillor Paul Van Meerbergen’s inquiry with respect to a bus route in Lambeth.

2. Municipal Council Resolution from the above-mentioned inquiry.

3. The LTC report as a result of the resolution.

4. ETC’s report from the December 12, 2005 meeting – specific clause is tagged.

I will be in touch when I have had an opportunity to speak with the others.

Betty Mercier
Committee Secretary
City of London
Clerk’s Department
Phone: 519-661-2500 ext. 4856
Fax: 519-6614892

Subject: RE: Request For Assistance
Date: Tue, 3 Jan 2006 13:43:56 -0500
From: “Fielding, Jeff”
To: “Gregory Fowler”
CC: “White, Sandy” , “Joni Baechler” , “Eagle, Susan” , “Jonathan Sher” , “Joe Belanger” , “Mary Jane Egan” , newstalk1290today@cjbk.com, “John Wilsons – London” , “Bain, Kevin” , “Stein, Brett” , “Barber, Jim”

Hi Mr. Fowler!

Matters pertaining to the City’s election are the sole jurisdiction of the City Clerk, as are issues to be addressed before the Council (Public Transit). I have forwarded your email to the City Clerk for information. I would encourage you to continue to deal with the City Clerk on these matters.

Jeff Fielding,
Chief Administrative Officer
City of London
519 661-2500 ext 4997
jfielding@london.ca

Date: Tue, 3 Jan 2006 12:58:28 -0500 (EST)
From: “Gregory Fowler”
Subject: Request For Assistance
To: “Jeff Fielding”
CC: “Sandy White” , “Joni Baechler” , “Susan Eagle” , “Jonathan Sher” , “Joe Belanger” , “Mary Jane Egan” , newstalk1290today@cjbk.com, “John Wilsons – London”

Jeff Fielding,
Chief Administrative Officer
City of London
519 661-2500 ext 4997
jfielding@london.ca

January 3, 2006

Mr. Fielding,

As someone who has made it publicly known for several months that it is my intention to contest the upcoming municipal election, it is with considerable dismay that I note the failure of the City of London to make available either the Candidate Information Package or the new ward map on it’s website. I trust that you will act on this information quickly in order to ensure that this barrier to democratic participation is removed for interested citizens such as myself.

In addition, please be advised of the following problems which I have recently encountered.

Having met in the Fall of last year with Councillor White and city staff members in order to express my concern about walkway lighting, I was subsequently surprised to read comments attributed to Councillor MacDonald which purported that he had been surprised to learn that the full allocated budget for that program was not being spent. I therefore inquired of Councillor White (and copied that inquiry to Councillor’s Eagle and Baechler) whether the details of that meeting would not have been automatically communicated to CAPs or to CSCP.

At the same time, I also inquired how my 2005/12/10 email to Council (via Kevin Bain) re Public Transit would be handled (see attached copy). And I specifically asked if it would automatically be placed on the agenda of the next ETC and CAPS meetings.

To date, there have been no responses to those inquiries. Perhaps you are in a position to assist?

Date: Wed, 21 Dec 2005 10:40:04 -0500 (EST)
From: “Gregory Fowler”
Subject: Top-Gun Lawyer
To: johnw@am980.ca

John,

You’ve stated a couple of times so far this morning that the city is appealing the Imagine London decision to the Supreme Court.

As I understand it, based upon Jonathan Sher’s article in today’s LFP, it’s the Richmond Street development freeze decision that the city is trying to get leave to appeal to the Supreme Court. It appears that case has already cost local taxpayers more than $200,000 and may cost an additional $100,000.

What it’s going to cost to appeal the ward boundaries decision, is over and above all of that I think.

Which makes me furious.

I’ve only just this week finally succeeded in getting the local (Eagle Crescent & King Edward Ave) walkway lit, and there are hundreds more yet to be done. Women and other vulnerable citizens continue to be at risk, because City Council and staff simply aren’t taking the issue seriously enough. This past year, only $80,000 was spent to light walkways.

We have a public transit system which is a disgrace. Thousands of people on waiting lists for public housing.

These deserving things, and many others, are under continuous pressure to reduce their budgets.

That’s why I’ve made the decision to contest the next municipal election in Ward 5.

It’s a question of perspective.


Sincerely,

Mr. Greg Fowler (fowgre@yahoo.ca)
962 Eagle Crescent
London, Ontario; N5Z 3H7
(519) 649-0500

Date: Tue, 20 Dec 2005 08:35:42 -0500 (EST)
From: “Gregory Fowler”
Subject: Walkways
To: “Sandy White”
CC: “Joni Baechler” , “Susan Eagle” , “Jonathan Sher”

Sandy

Further to yesterday’s query:

I’m still scratching my head over Councillor MacDonald’s comments though. Perhaps you can clarify something for me? After I met with you and staff about my concerns, was that not communicated to CAPs or to CSCP at least?

Can you tell me how my Dec. 10 email to Council (via Kevin Bain) will be handled? Am I naive in assuming that it will automatically be placed on the agenda of the next ETC and CAPS meetings?

Sincerely,

Mr. Greg Fowler (fowgre@yahoo.ca)
962 Eagle Crescent
London, Ontario; N5Z 3H7
(519) 649-0500

Date: Tue, 20 Dec 2005 09:13:25 -0500 (EST)
From: “Gregory Fowler”
Subject: City Council Priorities
To: newstalk1290today@cjbk.com
CC: “Sandy White”

With respect to this morning’s Round Table discussion about the decision to hire a “top gun” outside lawyer at undisclosed significant expense in order to contest the OMB decision to redraw ward boundaries.

It’s a question of priorities.

Only $80,000 spent this year on lighting walkways.
Women and other vulnerable citizens continue to be at significant risk.

Am I stupid, or do these City Hall folks have their priorities all mixed up?


Sincerely,

Mr. Greg Fowler (fowgre@yahoo.ca)
962 Eagle Crescent
London, Ontario; N5Z 3H7
(519) 649-0500

Date: Mon, 19 Dec 2005 07:45:16 -0500 (EST)
From: “Gregory Fowler”
Subject: Walkway
To: “Jonathan Sher”

Hi Jonathan,

Just a quick note of appreciation for the walkway article. Without continued pressure to do more, I fear that this issue will not get the attention that it deserves from City Hall. But it’s individual, vulnerable citizens who will pay the price, not the politicians.

I took another walk last night and confirmed for myself that the local walkway is indeed now energized. The Eagle Crescent half of the walkway is very well lit. I’m not so happy about the King Edward Crescent half, but I don’t want to be overly critical or ungrateful, so I’ll wait to get other opinions before I decide whether or not to pursue that. The stair removal and snow clearing is still on my agenda, when I can get to it.

I know that for you it was be one issue after another, day after day. Pretty hard not to forget about something once you’ve gone to press. But I beg you to try to keep an eye on this one. Even just one more young woman attacked because of one of these things is one more than any of us should be prepared to accept.

Thanks again for your help.

Sincerely,

Mr. Greg Fowler (fowgre@yahoo.ca)
962 Eagle Crescent
London, Ontario; N5Z 3H7
(519) 649-0500

Date: Sun, 18 Dec 2005 06:29:16 -0500 (EST)
From: “Gregory Fowler”
Subject: Letter to the Editor – Let There Be Light Indeed
To: “The London Free Press”
CC: “Jonathan Sher”

With respect to Jonathan Sher’s article (“Let There Be Light”; London Free Press; 2005/12/18) about unlit walkways.

I fail to understand how Councillor MacDonald could only now be aware of the slow pace of the lighting program or be “stunned” to learn of it. It isn’t as if I haven’t pressed the issue.

I’ve been quite outspoken about this issue on my Internet blog (http://ca.geocities.com/fowgre/), at least as long ago as last May. And although Mr. Sher quoted me with respect to my feelings about the danger posed by the unlit walkway connecting Eagle Crescent and King Edward Avenue, the article failed to mention that I met at City Hall on 2005/07/21 with Sandy White, Jay Stanford, and Shane Maguire and pressed strongly for the installation of lights.

During that meeting, I expressed the personal opinion that the Corporation of the City of London is in a position of legal liability, knowing about the risk that unlit walkways poses to vulnerable citizens, yet taking a casual approach to addressing the issue. And I warned them that because I had brought the issue to their attention, the City would thereafter be unable to use the defence of plausible deniability should any subsequent legal action be taken against the Corporation.

Was that meeting with Councillor White and staff not automatically reported to the Community Safety and Crime Prevention Committee or the Community and Protective Services Committee? Was my opinion not referred to the City Solicitor? If not, why not?

If Mr. Maguire offered excuses about the delay in “energizing” the walkway even after the lights had been installed, as the article suggests, perhaps he can explain the fact that the wiring was connected just a few short hours after he was contacted by Mr. Sher about the article which was to be published. I suppose that was simply coincidence?

As for Councillor Paul Van Meerbergen, who habitually rails against any increase in the municipal tax rate, how hypocritical is it for him to avoid the correlation between that and the corresponding reduction in expenditures for public services like walkway lighting and public transit? (Lambeth residents, take note!)

For years, I have warned about the negative consequences of a 0% tax increase approach, and I have advocated the necessity for strong public services which offer support for citizens who are most disadvantaged, and police and fire services for the sake of public safety. Local politicians chose instead to burden this city with a huge debt in order to construct the JLC and the new central library, and have subsequently tried to suppress the consequent mushrooming of local taxes by nickle-and-diming essential services.

Because those warnings have gone largely unheeded, and out of my concern for the direction in which current politicians are taking this community, I have decided that I will be a candidate in the next municipal election. The fact that I do not have the fiscal resources to successfully challenge incumbents is no reason to surrender to apathy. I am not prepared to sit idly by while city councillors hasten to transform our community into another Toronto, where pedestrian fatalities and shootings are an everyday occurrence.

Sincerely,

Mr. Greg Fowler (fowgre@yahoo.ca)
962 Eagle Crescent
London, Ontario; N5Z 3H7
(519) 649-0500

Subject: RE: walkway
Date: Wed, 14 Dec 2005 12:54:45 -0500
From: “Maguire, Shane”
To: “Gregory Fowler” , “White, Sandy”
CC: “Stanford, Jay”

Mr. Fowler,

The Electrical Safety Authority is a provincial body that must approve all new electrical installations. The length of time to get the approval varies depending on the complexity of the installation but I have been informed that we should be able to energize the walkway in the near future.

I recall your concerns regarding the lack of snow clearing in this walkway and I’ll forward your comments to Jay Stanford.

Shane Maguire, P. Eng.
Division Manager
Parking & Traffic Signals

Date: Mon, 12 Dec 2005 16:52:50 -0500 (EST)
From: “Gregory Fowler”
Subject: RE: walkway
To: “Maguire, Shane” , “White, Sandy”

Mr. Maguire,

Thank you for the update. However, given the fact that the lights have been installed and waiting to be “energized” since August, and the risk that this situation poses to citizens, any continued delay is unacceptable.

Is “Electrical Safety Authority” synonomous with London Hydro? Have you been in contact with this entity to find out the reason for this delay?

Also, while I have your attention.

You may recall that during our July meeting I also discussed the problem of snow removal in this walkway, and I remarked that the snow was only removed once during the last winter shortly before the spring thaw. Be advised that once again this year the city has as yet failed to remove the snow from the walkway, which makes travel extremely difficult and unnecessarily dangerous.

Subject: RE: walkway
Date: Mon, 12 Dec 2005 15:17:41 -0500
From: “Maguire, Shane”
To: “White, Sandy” , fowgre@yahoo.ca

Mr. Fowler,

The walkway lights between Eagle Crescent and King Edward Avenue have been installed, however as you know they have not been energized. The contractor is currently waiting for the Electrical Safety Authority to approve the installation before it can be energized.

We are hopeful that this should happen soon.

Shane Maguire, P. Eng.
Division Manager
Parking & Traffic Signals

Subject: RE: walkway
Date: Mon, 12 Dec 2005 14:55:39 -0500
From: “White, Sandy”
To: “Gregory Fowler”
CC: “Leckie, David”

Greg

Thank you for the information. I previously forwarded the e-mails to ETC department.

Happy holidays
Sandy

Date: Mon, 12 Dec 2005 14:24:48 -0500 (EST)
From: “Gregory Fowler”
Subject: Re: walkway
To: “White, Sandy”

Sandy,

As I’ve pointed out to you several times now, the light was installed in a timely fashion. However, as I’ve also told you, the wiring has not been connected. In the meeting which you attended, I was promised that the wiring would be connected in the Fall.

What area? Do you really need me to answer that? After all of the communications that you’ve received from me on this subject? I’m referring to the walkway which connects Eagle Crescent with King Edward Avenue. You can still refer to the photographs which I’ve posted on my blog if your memory needs further refreshing.

I’m not impressed.

Subject: walkway
Date: Mon, 12 Dec 2005 13:44:50 -0500
From: “White, Sandy”
To: “Gregory Fowler”

Greg

Mr. Leckie believes the light was installed. He needs to know exactly what area.

He will have someone look into it.

Thank you
Sandy

Subject: RE: Walkway Lighting
Date: Mon, 12 Dec 2005 13:31:59 -0500
From: “White, Sandy”
To: “Gregory Fowler”
CC: “Leckie, David”

Greg

I note that the item is for direction. If you have any further questions about the ETC agenda I might call the chair. If you would like a copy of the information relating to #17 call the clerk’s office and they will send it to you. I have forwarded your question about the newly installed lighting in the local walkway to David Leckie for review. Will David be aware of the area you are referring to?

Thank you
Sandy

Date: Mon, 12 Dec 2005 09:22:14 -0500 (EST)
From: “Gregory Fowler”
Subject: RE: Walkway Lighting
To: “White, Sandy”
CC: “Eagle, Susan”

Sandy,

Further with respect to the issue of walkway lighting and my continued interest in this. I note that the agenda for today’s ETC meeting lists: “#17 D Anstead, Chair, Community Safety and Crime Prevention Advisory Committee – Lighted Walkways.” Unfortunately, the city website does not provide any further information.

Does this item reflect a communication which was received? If so, I’d be interesting in receiving a copy. If it means that there will be a presentation by a delegation, I need to know that and an approximate time so that I can be present for it.

Like the concern that I recently expressed about the LTC agenda process, and my previous communication about Councillor Eagle’s recent committee appearances re walkways, I am strongly of the opinion that citizens are not being informed enough and with sufficient advance notice about these things.

Finally, as I have noted before, the wiring for the newly installed lighting in the local walkway HAS NOT yet been connected. You will recall that I was promised a Fall connection. I need to know why that commitment has not been fulfilled.

Greg

I am waiting for information and will get back to you when I receive it.

Date: Wed, 23 Nov 2005 14:30:48 -0500 (EST)
From: “Gregory Fowler”
Subject: RE: Walkway Lighting
To: “Eagle, Susan”

Susan,

Thanks for replying to my email. So far, you’re the only one.

According to the 18th report (2005/11/14) of the Environment and Transportation Committee, it is being recommended “that the Boler/Somerset walkway be included in the current Walkway Lighting Program for installation this autumn.” Does that mean the season which ends before December of 2005? How can I get copies of the Nov. 7 communications, and are transcripts available of the delegations by Councillor Van Meerbergen and yourself?

According to the 20th report (2005/11/14) of the Community and Protective Services Committee, it is being recommended that as part of the 2006 budget process, that $250,000 of the anticipated 2005 budget surplus be provided in 2006 in order to “accelerate” the city’s walkway lighting program. How many walkway locations are currently identified as needing lighting? How much does it cost to tender, purchase, and install each light? At the rate that the city is addressing this important safety issue, how many more citizens do you estimate will be attacked and harmed before each location is properly lit?

Will you investigate why notice of your intended submissions was not properly posted on the city website, and which denied me the opportunity from attending and making a submisison of my own?

Subject: RE: Walkway Lighting
Date: Mon, 21 Nov 2005 16:04:28 -0500
From: “Eagle, Susan”
To: “Gregory Fowler”

Hi Greg,

I’m not sure if I can answer all your questions. But I will try to answer some. The walkway lighting going to two committees might seem redundant. However, there are different aspects that get dealt with by different committees and that is not unusual. In fact, it can be quite efficient. In this particular case it is advantageous, as that means that two thirds of council will examine this question before it goes to full council. It is likely that the motion at council will be quite successful since both committees will have looked at two different aspects of the question. Environment and Transportation looks at the engineering criteria and priorities, Community and Protective Services considers issues such as gaps in safety, etc. I’m not sure why this was not on the city website, as I thought agendas were posted. The Environment committee had letters from both myself and Councillor Vanmeerbergen asking that the Byron walkway receive immediate funding. The Community and Protective Services Committee had an agenda item from student nurses asking that we look at additional lighting for new bicycle pathways. As these were both public agenda items they should have been available for public consideration.

I’m sorry that you didn’t know about them. Hopefully, we can ensure that agenda items get posted properly.

Susan Eagle

Date: Tue, 15 Nov 2005 09:10:56 -0500 (EST)
From: “Gregory Fowler”
Subject: Walkways, Pathways, and Political Bullshit
To: garrison@cjbk.com, “Morris, Meagan”

Steve,

With respect to this morning’s conversation with Mr. Lecke (sp?) and the spin being put on this issue by the city.

A budget of $290,000 this need? And only recently increased to that paltry amount? And that’s supposed to reflect a concern for public safety???

This is just one of many issues that I’ve been warning about for a long time. Like the issue of on-street police officers, public safety is one of the basic responsibilities of local government.

Yesterday’s London Free Press prominently highlighted Councillor Paul and his tired refrain about hard-pressed taxpayers. I’d like to make the point that you can’t have it both ways.

We don’t live in isolation. We are a community. And the health of that community depends upon our making a concerted effort with respect to certain shared needs. Things like public housing, public transit, public safety, etc. And those things need to be paid for.

Many months ago I met with Councillor Sandy White and city administrators in an effort to have proper lighting provided for the walkway in my neighbourhood. I warned them then that citizens were at risk because of the city’s failure to properly light these paths, and that the city was in a position of legal liability. Because of my efforts, lights were installed in this neighbourhood. Just one problem… months later, the lights are still not operational, because the final step of connecting the electrical wiring has not taken place.

Please read the attached email which I copied to Morris & Meagan yesterday. I’m really pissed about this, and the political posturing that’s taking place.

Mind doing me a favour? Get Councillor Paul on your show, and ask him how his supposed concern about the Byron walkway jives with his annual push for a 0% tax increase. How can he promote no increased taxes, not even for inflation, without being willing to accept responsibility for the consequence of the city’s failure to provide necessary services?

Date: Mon, 14 Nov 2005 18:21:32 -0500 (EST)
From: “Gregory Fowler”
Subject: Walkway Lighting
To: “Sandy White”
CC: cmiller@london.ca, seagle@london.ca, dwinning@london.ca, jbaechlea@london.ca, ftranqui@london.ca, “Morris, Meagan” , “Thomas O’Brien”

Sandy,

Imagine my surprise, and my frustration, when I picked up a copy of today’s London Free Press at the grocery store late this afternoon and read that the subject of unlit pathways was to be addressed at two committee meetings today.

Did you know about this in advance? Given my demonstrated interest in this subject, and the larger issue of community safety which I’ve also been quite public about, did it ever cross your mind to give me a “head’s up”?

Please explain also why there is no mention of this subject on the city’s online “Living In The City” page. While you’re at it, perhaps you can explain to me why my search request for keywords like “pathway”, “lighting”, etc. produce lots of results, the majority of those links only result in a “Page Not Found” error message.

Although family problems have prevented me from updating my online blog for some time, that is about to be rectified.

I will have quite a bit to say about the local pathway, and the fact that the lights which I was instrumental in having installed simply sit there useless, because the electrical wires have still not been connected.

I will also have quite a bit to say about the issue of traffic along Commissioners Road East, and the failure of London Police Services to take any meaningful action even after my repeated complaints, until after the recent unfortunate incident at Commissioners & Pond Mills.

My candicacy in the next municipal election is looking more and more likely all the time. I don’t kid myself that I have the financial resources to get elected, but the prospect of having a platform from which to discuss these and many other issues is very appealing. And obviously necessary.

I’m attaching a copy of my recent letter to The Londoner’s Phil McLeod with respect to municipal taxes. Seems like none of you are prepared to challenge Councillor Van Meervergen’s crap, and that’s a job that needs doing! 😉

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City workers have cleaned up the weeds and overgrown foliage in the local pedestrian walkway, and a light pole has been installed (no lights yet). The crumbling sidewalk simply got patched with asphalt, but it’s an improvement. I only hope that something’s going to be done about the wall of overgrown foliage along the inside of the property that borders the walkway, else it will continue to be a safety risk even after the lighting has been installed.

Subject: Commissioners & King Edward’s
Date: Wed, 10 Aug 2005 15:55:01 -0400
From: “Ridley, Mark”
To: fowgre@yahoo.ca
CC: “Grabowski, Karl” , “Lucas, John”

Mr. Fowler

I have received a copy of your July 28 e-mail regarding your traffic control issues and have looked at the information on your web-site. You raise three areas of concern:

1) Pedestrian safety at the intersection of Commissioners & King Edward
2) Signal timing at Commissioners & Pond Mills
3) The walkway between King Edward & Eagle Court

I have researched your concerns and have the following information to pass on to you

1) This intersection has been added to our TOPS program, file number 05-80, to be studied in the fall or spring to see if the location meets the warrant for a pedestrian signal. Once the field study has been completed the data will be analyzed and you will be sent a summary of the results. The last request for a pedestrian crossover at this location was 1985. You also mention on your website the need for a crossing guard according to our records a crossing guard is at this location during the school year to assist people across Commissioners Road.

2) The signals area have looked at your concern regarding the walk display and have determined a substantial upgrade to the field wiring would be required to implement the requested change. At the present time funding is unavailable for this operational improvement.

3) The light for the walkway will be installed by Langley Utilities this fall and the City of London has no plans to remove the stairs.

If you require additional information on these matters or I have misinterpreted one of your concerns please contact me through the e-mail address or the phone number listed below.

Mark Ridley
Senior Technologist
Transportation Division
(519) 661-2500 ext 4736
mridley@london.ca

I am pleased to report the receipt of an email from Mr. Harmon Nichols, who is a Senior Transportation Technologist in the City of London’s Parking & Traffic Signals Division. That email states: In response to your request for information on the status of lighting along the King Edward Street walkway, please be advised that this walkway is one of five walkways recently tendered for the installation of lighting in 2005. In addition, the Parking and Traffic Signals Division has identified a number of other high priority walkways to be tendered for the installation of lighting by the end of this year. In addition, I met with Councillor Sandy White, Mr. Jay Stanford and Mr. Shane Maguire at London City Hall yesterday and received confirmation of that information. This is very good news, and I thank the aforementioned people for their assistance on this matter.

2005/05/17

The boardwalk which connects Eagle Crescent & King Edward Avenue. Instead of being evenly graded from one end to the other, some genius installed a stairway instead. The result is that ploughs are unable to clear the snow during the winter months, making it impassible for the handicapped, the elderly, mothers pushing strollers, etc. If that’s not bad enough, instead of installing lights, the city has chosen to prohibit it’s use from dusk till dawn.

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