Concerned Citizen Acts To Get Sidewalk Street Lights Moved
By Dave Reynolds, Inclusion Daily Express
May 23, 2005
SUFFOLK, VIRGINIA--The actions of one private citizen, one consumer advocate, and one public servant could mean a lot to residents of Suffolk.
Driving through Suffolk's village of Holland on his way to work, Tim Noell admired everything about the town's new street lamps. Everything, that is, except the fact that they were installed smack-dab in the middle of the sidewalk.
"It's not very convenient for anyone on crutches or in a wheelchair," Noell wrote in an April 27 letter to John Warren, editor of the "Warrior" column at the Virginian-Pilot. "It just doesnt make any sense to me to build a sidewalk and then block it, essentially."
Warren forwarded the letter to Eric T. Nielsen Jr., director of Suffolk Public Works.
"We hopped in the car and drove into the village, and I said, 'Whoa, I can see his point . . .," Nielsen later explained.
Some of the lamps limited access on the sidewalks to less than two feet. The Americans with Disabilities Act calls for sidewalk widths of five feet.
Nielson has ordered the lamps moved and the sidewalks widened in some places.
"Side to walk: Suffolk to move lamps" (Virginian-Pilot)