City officials identify option for reducing Harbor Walk lighting along Steamboat Landing
Belfast — City officials have received a revised plan to address concerns from neighbors near Steamboat Landing regarding lighting along the Harbor Walk in the park.
The plan submitted by Bath-based Bartlett Design calls for replacing the existing LED driver in six of the lights along Steamboat Landing and installing a resistor to reduce the light output. City Planner Wayne Marshall said after councilors visited Steamboat Landing on March 18, they decided to move forward with installing the resistors, which was the lowest intensity light option.
Marshall said the resistors will cost about $127 each, but that price does include the cost of installation.
In addition to installing resistors on six of the lights along Steamboat Landing, Marshall said an existing light pole near the top of the stairs leading into the park will be removed, as will a light pole installed by MBNA that is located near the entrance into the park.
According to the plan from Bartlett Design, the concrete foundation for the light pole at the top of the stairs leading into Steamboat Landing will have a weatherproof wiring box installed on it to facilitate the connection of wiring. It will also be sized to enclose the existing anchor bolts on the foundation, the plan indicates.
Concerns about the extent of the Harbor Walk Lighting along Steamboat Landing surfaced shortly after the project was completed when residents in the vicinity of the park approached the council about the issue.
At the time, residents suggested dimming the lights or turning them off when they were not in use. Bartlett Design noted in a report to councilors during a discussion in September 2013 that the intent of the lighting design was to “promote the nighttime safety of pedestrians along the walkway.”
However, Bartlett Design also acknowledged that lighting conditions in Steamboat Landing changed significantly with the construction of the Harbor Walk.
While councilors did not take any action regarding the lighting at that time, when the issue was revisited in November 2013, city officials were presented with two options for addressing neighbors' concerns.
The first option would have changed out an internal reflector in the lights for a low brightness reflector to reduce the brightness of the light, as well as to reduce the width of the illuminated ground beneath the light.
The second option was to install the resistor to reduce the intensity of the light without impacting the distribution of the ground illumination.
Councilors then decided to outfit 10 of the lights along Steamboat Landing with the low brightness reflector, and to install the resistor on two of the lights, as well.
Officials gathered on the Harbor Walk along Steamboat Landing to discuss the lighting options following a council meeting March 18. Marshall said the next step for the city is to pursue quotes to have the resistors installed.
He said he hopes the new resistors will be installed by the end of April.
Ben Holbrook is a reporter for The Republican Journal covering general news.
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