Shelton considers turning off the lights

Streets in Shelton may get a little dimmer in an effort to save money.

A plan to shut off 141 of the city's 860 street lights is being considered by the City Commission.

Shelton Police Chief Terry Davenport said his department used a variety of information to select the streetlights, including crime trends, pedestrian and car traffic, and existing light sources.

"We are like a lot of cities across the country – looking for efficient ways to save money but also maintain public safety," Davenport said.

Maps showing the lights in each area of the city that are proposed to be shut off are available to view this week from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Shelton Police Department, 525 West Cota Street.

The plan calls for shutting off 54 streetlights downtown and 37 decorative lights along Railroad Avenue. Another 24 lights would go dark on Shelton Springs Road, Wallace Kneeland Boulevard and Brockdale Road.

The commission is scheduled to make a decision on the plan at Monday's regular meeting, but Davenport said the outcome is dependent on community reaction.

"This is just a recommendation and community input is paramount. We really want to get the word out and give people a chance to come look at the maps," Davenport said.

Shutting off the lights would save the city about $25,000 a year, but it is not a permanent fix.

"As soon as the economy turns around we would turn them back on, but in the meantime we would continue to monitor the areas to make sure there wasn't a safety issue," Davenport said.