The Norman Transcript


March 28, 2013

Curbside recycling changes coming



Norman’s water usage will be subject to rationing when Del City implements its rationing program and Norman’s right to purchase Del City’s allotment also will be impacted if four or more of Del City’s existing wells cease to function, according to city staff notes.

The city council also approved changes to the city’s lighting ordinance. Eileen Grzybowski was one of the concerned residents who waited through the seven-hour meeting to speak in support of protecting neighborhoods from spillover light.

Grzybowski and her neighbors said out of a list of 32 businesses who had approved lighting applications, only two — Seven-11 and Harvest Church — complained.

Council member Chad Williams said Harvest Church had never formally complained to city staff about the ordinance. However, Williams championed the changes to the lighting ordinance, citing difficulties and expenses the church had incurred as unintended consequences of that ordinance. Harvest Church is complying with the current ordinance, he said.

The ordinance now requires corrective action when “a Code Enforcement or Police Officer finds evidence of glare or light spillover onto adjacent single or two family properties. Corrective action includes shielding, reaiming or replacement of a fixture with a full cut-off fixture,” according to city staff notes.

The second change allows for pole height to correspond with that of existing light poles. The third change removes lumen caps requirements from the ordinance.

The fourth change amends photometric plan requirements and now only requires photometric plans when the property to be lit is adjacent to property zoned or used for single- or two-family residential purposes. For other developments, photometric plans are optional and may be prepared by electrical contractors as well as by engineers and representatives of the lighting industry.

After lengthy debate, attorney Harold Heiple suggested a compromise amendment to protect the neighbors across the street from spillover light in addition to protecting adjacent properties. Council member Dave Spaulding made the motion and it was approved. Heiple represents the Norman Developers Council.

Joy Hampton



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