Debate about Weaver’s lights dimmed |

Debate about Weaver’s lights dimmed

The controversy about outside lighting at Weaver Auto and Truck Center dimmed after Grass Valley planning commissioners couldn’t agree on more stringent lighting recommendations for the Idaho-Maryland Road dealership.

Commissioners late Tuesday narrowly rejected suggestions to dull the lights at the 400 Idaho-Maryland Road dealership. Commissioners Ralph Silberstein and Kateri Harrison voted for the recommendations, while commissioners Eleanor Kenitzer, David Emanuel and Rey Johnson voted against the more stringent suggestions.

The lighting proposals wouldn’t have been binding because the dealership already received the needed city approvals.

The dealership’s owners, Matt and Tom Weaver, told commissioners they wouldn’t follow the recommendations anyway. Their business already meets the city’s lighting standards, and any light dimming could create security and safety concerns.

“Lighting is a big security issue for us,” Matt Weaver said. Many customers browse the dealership after hours and tow companies bring vehicles in for service after hours, too, he added.

Silberstein said he’d heard several complaints about the lights. “It still creates a lot of lighting outside of the site,” he said.

The lights are distracting for some elderly residents whose eyes don’t adjust to the bright lights, Silberstein said.


To contact Staff Writer Greg Moberly, e-mail gregm@the or call 477-4234.

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