The Committee to Keep the Lights ON in Bandon will be having a public meeting to discuss the reasons to repeal Bandon City Lighting Ordinance 1594. Anyone interested in learning about this new law is welcome to attend. The meeting will start at 11:00 am on Saturday, August 25th, 2012 in the small conference room at the Bandon Library. The Library is located in the Bandon Park next to the Sprague Theater.
After the meeting, the group plans to go door-to-door to gather more signatures. Only registered voters living inside the Bandon city limits are eligible to sign the petition, but almost anybody can gather signatures from city residents. All interested parties are encouraged to volunteer. There has to be 179 verifiable signatures turned in by September 5th before the city can place the measure on the ballot, and then the voters can decide if there is a need for more lighting regulations.
The ordinance adds 5 pages of new regulations to the City Code, which can, and will be, subjectively enforced. The US Fish & Wildlife Service is one of many national and international organizations promoting this statute, which means outside sources are influencing local law. Now the citizens of Bandon can face fines for outdoor lighting originating from their property appearing to shine on the Bandon Marsh National Wildlife Refuge, which is one of several protected habitats specifically listed in this local ordinance.
The most important piece missing in this verbose ordinance are the RIGHTS of property owners, not to mention that it was passed without the measure going to the electorate. This issue concerns the right of the individual to choose how best to protect their own property and how to provide for their own safety and comfort.
If you cannot attend the meeting and want to sign the petition, contact Rob Taylor at 541-347-9942 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. To read the wording of the new ordinance link to the city’s website at www.ci.bandon.or.us/council/council-08-06-2012/5-b-2.pdf
Here is the Title, The Question and The Summary the way it will appear on the Ballot:
BALLOT TITLE – Measure 1202
Ballot Title: Ordinance adding outdoor lighting regulations to the Bandon Municipal Code.
Question: Should the City of Bandon Municipal Code be amended to include outdoor lighting regulations?
This is a referral of Ordinance No. 1594 of the Mayor and City Council of the City of Bandon amending the Bandon Municipal Code to include outdoor lighting regulations. Ordinance No. 1594 regulates the use of outdoor lighting in all zones and requires that all exterior lighting installed after the effective date of the ordinance be full cut-off fixtures with some exceptions. Full cut-off fixtures are defined as fixtures, as installed, that are designed or shielded in such a manner that all light rays emitted by the fixtures, either directly from the lamps or indirectly from the fixture, are projected below a horizontal plane running through the lowest point on the fixture where light is emitted. Full cut-off fixtures include recessed lighting. Arial lasers, searchlights and temporary or permanent lighting that is installed inside of a building but intended to illuminate outside is prohibited from being used or installed except as allowed by a special use permit. Violations of the ordinance are remedied by an abatement process.
Here is the wording of the ordinance from June and the revised law in August.
Sign the Petition to Keep the Lights ON in Bandon---Vote NO on the Bandon Outdoor Lighting Ordinance 1594
STOP THE BANDON OUTDOOR LIGHTING ORDINANCE--1594
Bandon: The City of Ordinances