Darien school board hands stadium lighting to zoning
DARIEN—The Board of Education angered neighbors in a meeting on Tuesday night when they voted to present their plans for the high school stadium lighting to the Planning and Zoning Commission, in a deviation from their original agenda to merely discuss the lighting guidelines.
The board was presented with a mock schedule of potential games to determine the proposed time for lights to be shut off. The time of that the lights need to be turned off was a particular point of contention among board members, but it was ultimately agreed upon that the lights would be shut off by 8 p.m. on Monday through Thursday to accommodate both varsity and junior varsity games.
Paul Michalski of 371 Middlesex Road said he thought the board should rescind the vote and make a decision next month after neighbors had a chance to give input.
“I think whether or not it’s legal, it’s wrong,” Michalski said of the change in agenda. “We’re trying to be good neighbors here.”
The board’s proposal will currently allow neighbor feedback after the football system, so the plan can theoretically be adjusted based on that come January.
The board did not come to a conclusion about the stadium’s new audio system and the times that it could be used for games and practices. They will discuss the sound system proposal at a later date. The system will go unused in the meantime.