Brookhaven, GA, October 11, 2016 – by Trey Benton – Responding to a request by citizens regarding the issue of lights being out in some of the larger commercial parking lots throughout Brookhaven – creating a potential security issue – Brookhaven Police did an informal survey of lights including those attached to schools, City parks, MARTA and shopping centers.
According to City Manager Christian Sigman, most locations were observed to have some light bulbs burnt out. Costco’s lights were all off, the MARTA parking lot had a good number of lights out and some of City’s parks had some bulbs burnt out. Those businesses and others, Sigman says, will be contacted.
Because the City does not have any formal or informal guidelines in place to monitor the lighting, the City has decided the Police Department will notify the Code Enforcement staff of any light issues on established light poles. The Police Department will also, as they deem appropriate, approach commercial property owners to install additional lighting – a voluntary act of the property owners to comply.
“We will also respond to citizen concerns of lighting in commercial lots,” Sigman says. “I am leaving it to the discretion and judgement of the Code Enforcement Officers to determine if the number of burnt out bulbs is a safety concern; especially considering replacing a bulb may require special contractors with the necessary equipment.” An owner of a larger lot may wait until a number of bulbs are burnt out before calling a contractor with a bucket truck, for example.