[HISTORY: Adopted by the Board of Selectmen of the Town of Madison 2-24-1997. Amendments noted where applicable.]
The Madison Board of Selectmen finds the following facts relating to streetlighting:
Inadequately illuminated streets engender a sense of fear from the citizenry, especially the elderly and defenseless members of the community.
Adequate illumination of streets provides for increased visibility to motorists, greater sense of security for pedestrians and is conducive to the general safety and welfare of the public.
Streetlighting is a continuing financial burden upon the taxpayers of the community and, therefore, should be installed only where need can be substantiated.
Differences exist as to the need for lighting in various areas within the Community and as to the type and size of fixtures to meet these needs.
Streetlighting is not viewed by all members of the community as being an essential governmental service. Some consider lighting annoying and an infringement upon the reasonable use and control of real and personal property.
Therefore, the Madison Board of Selectmen hereby adopts the following policy to provide guidance to the Board in the following instances.
Requests for new streetlights will not normally be approved unless the installation is to occur at the intersection of two or more public roads. Additionally, a minimum of 3/4 of the affected property owners must be in favor of the installation. This guideline may be waived at the discretion of the Board when it is determined to be in the best interests of the Town.
Any affected property owner may request the removal of an existing fixture; however, all affected residents in the illumination must be polled for concurrence. Upon acquiescence of a simple majority of affected residents, the Board will order removal of the streetlight.
The aggregate of the guidelines governing new installation and removal shall apply.
Type and sizing of streetlighting shall be determined by the Madison Police Chief, Madison Town Manager and the applicable utility representative.
As a Town asset, the costs of installation, removal, maintenance and operation of a streetlight will normally be borne by the public. In unusual circumstances, the Board may pass these costs on to the individual(s) making the request on a case-by-case basis.