[HISTORY: Adopted City of Norwalk Common Council 5-14-1957; effective 5-25-1957.]
The Council shall have and exercise general supervision over the public lighting of streets, highways, sidewalks and public grounds within the limits of the Fourth Taxing District of the city, and no lamp shall be added to or discontinued from the present lighting system within the First District, the Second District or the Third District respectively, except on recommendation of the Council.
The schedule of public-lighting hours and the kind, size and capacity of lamps to be used for supplying such public lighting in the First, Second and Third Districts shall be decided, arranged or contracted for, as may be required, by the District Commissioners of such several districts, subject to the approval of the Council.
The cost of public lighting shall be met by taxes levied upon the inhabitants and property within the limits of the Fourth Taxing District in the following manner:
The inhabitants and property within the limits of the First Taxing District shall be taxed for and such First Taxing District shall pay the cost of the public lighting within such First District; the inhabitants and property within the limits of the Second Taxing District shall be taxed for and such Second Taxing District shall pay the cost of the public lighting within such Second District; and the inhabitants within the limits, of the Third Taxing District shall be taxed for and such Third Taxing District shall pay the cost of the public lighting within such Third District.
In the event that the First Taxing District, Second Taxing District or Third Taxing District shall, at any time, neglect or fail to light the streets, highways, sidewalks and public grounds within the limits of such respective districts, the Council shall arrange and contract for the lighting thereof, and the expense of such lighting shall be borne by the district within which the Council shall furnish such public lighting, and shall be paid by taxes levied for such purpose on the inhabitants and property within the limits of such district.
All petitions and communications to the Council relative to public lighting, within the limits of the Fourth Taxing District, shall be referred by the Council to the Committee on Lights for investigation, and such Committee on Lights shall make such investigation in connection therewith as it may deem necessary and shall report the result of such investigation to the Council, together with such recommendations as it may deem appropriate. The Council shall take immediate action on such recommendations, and the City Clerk shall forthwith communicate the action of the Council to the District Commissioner of the district affected or concerned by such petition or communication, investigation and recommendations.
Any person who shall willfully or maliciously cut, break, injure, or destroy any electric light, gas light, lamp, lantern, electric light wires, cables, conduits or insulators, post or frame, in the city, or light any public lamp or extinguish the same, without proper authority, or in any way interfere or meddle with the proper use or management of the public lights within the city, shall be guilty of a misdemeanor.