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Lighting ordinance a glaring affront to common sense

Fred Stewart

Dear Editor,

Any request mandated seems one-sided, especially if it hits one unexpectedly. So, this thing about commercial lighting, and lighting as it applies to signage, seems questionable.

I read the three criteria mentioned in Hal Sundin’s column. Pollution, glare, and energy are it. This is true, these do need to be considered. Unfortunately, these criteria are subjective and do not respect individual cases nor invite business to use conventional signage.

Is neon out? That would be a problem for Fiesta Guadalajara and the Village Inn. Who is to decide on the finer points of pollution, glare, and energy? Energy is measured; but what are the meters used to measure pollution and glare? Will the lighting replacement cost further insult to business by reducing business? Moreso, will this insult the business of Glenwood Springs by reducing its I-70 `curb appeal’?

It all leaves one a little clammy: too much say-so, too little news, unknown impact. Also, is there any objective redress? Who’s to say `oops’? Entities don’t say that.

So, having spoken out of ignorance and reservation, I wish the city the best. I was one who, as a child, found the First National Bank sign pretty cool – a story or two tall!

This brings up a more critical matter in my opinion: the size and placement of signs. Certainly, again, there is an objective way to measure a sign’s effectiveness. It’s related to the distance of visibility, size, and speed at which the traffic is moving. Size does not matter. One of the most effective signs is for Land Rover, on the eastbound I-70 frontage road. One of the worst is the Burger King/Seven Eleven sign battle in West Glenwood. Try to see one sign for the other. They are big, too!

I guess my point is that there are intangibles that have not been regulated or can’t be regulated. There are glaring affronts to common sense. Hop over the fence and demonstrate the vision before you enforce the restriction.

Sincerely,

Fred Stewart

Glenwood Springs


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