Let there be light

The Western Star - - Editorial -

How many New­found­lan­ders does it take to change a light bulb? More specif­i­cally, how many does it take to change 19 light bulbs in the lan­tern-style street light­ing in Cor­ner Brook’s down­town?

Some de­tail is re­quired here for all to fol­low along, so come with me for a little walk in our beau­ti­ful down­town at night.

Let’s be­gin.

If we were to start in front of The Western Star (where three con­sec­u­tive lamps are dark) and walk down to City Phar­macy, you will count 11 lan­tern street­lights that are in­op­er­a­ble.

Some have the string of beaded lights work­ing that run from the base of the lamp to the top but the main light at the top is off. Con­tinue with me as we walk down Main Street and go past the old post of­fice to­wards the Mill­brook Mall and up Her­ald Av­enue and you count six more lan­tern lights not work­ing.

Let’s now go up and down Broad­way where we first no­tice the lan­tern light off at the cross­walk in front of Sub­way. Turn right and you will soon see the en­tire light smashed off in front of Al­tron­ics.

To re­cap: 11 on West Street, plus 6 on Main Street, plus 2 on Broad­way/Her­ald Aveneue equals a grand to­tal of 19!

For the sake of space al­lot­ted me to write this letter let’s put aside the safety is­sue of peo­ple walk­ing at night.

Let’s also park the im­por­tance of a well-lit area for view­ing sur­veil­lance video and polic­ing. Not to men­tion the role of the Down­town Busi­ness As­so­ci­a­tion in mon­i­tor­ing in­fra­struc­ture. In­stead, I want to con­cen­trate on the nu­mer­ous times we heard dur­ing the re­cent mu­nic­i­pal elec­tion the im­por­tance of the down­town core.

Here’s a sug­ges­tion to our newly minted coun­cil: how about we light up those 19 lanterns and im­prove the vis­i­bil­ity as lo­cals and tourists walk at night in the fo­cal part of our city?

How will city/NL Power em­ploy­ees find th­ese 19 lan­tern lights amongst all the light­ing in day­light hours when no street lights are on so as to make re­pairs? Great ques­tion.

I’ve tied a small piece of or­ange mark­ing tape to the base of each lamp that is in­op­er­a­ble.

Who at the City of Cor­ner Brook would like to con­tact the right peo­ple and light up the down­town once again?

Bern Kenny

Cor­ner Brook

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