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Weaver: No to dimmer lights

Weaver Auto and Truck Center owners could dim parking lot lights and add light shields, according to recommendations city planners suggest for what some consider excessive lighting at the Idaho-Maryland Road dealership.

Tonight, the Grass Valley Planning Commission could agree to send a letter detailing the lighting recommendations to the dealership’s owners, Matt and Tom Weaver.

But the dealership has no plans to abide by the suggestions.



“I’ve really done over and above on the lighting,” co-owner Matt Weaver said Monday. “I appreciate the comments and suggestions, but we’ll stay where we’re at right now (with the lighting).”

Brothers Matt and Tom Weaver already keep the lights at a level below the illumination limit set in city rules, Planning Commission Chairwoman Eleanor Kenitzer said. But city planners hadn’t factored in the way the existing lights bounce off the new cars, she said.




The lighting already falls within the city’s standards, so the brothers need not follow the recommendations, Kenitzer said.

Concerns about the new dealership at 400 Idaho-Maryland Road arose earlier this year. At that time, former Councilman Steve Enos, who closely followed the development and often criticized it at public meetings, said the lights “blank out the stars and light up the hillside.”

“The site plan says he can have minimal lights for security,” Enos told The Union in January.

Kenitzer said she supports the letter but understands the dealership might need certain lighting for security.

“We need to be practical,” Kenitzer said. If the dealership’s insurance company requires a certain amount of lighting for security, the dealers have to follow that, she said.

Recommendations to dim the dealership’s lights include:

• Reduce the lighting level visible from Idaho-Maryland Road, possibly by changing the bulb standard or reducing the number of lights on any pole.

• Turning all parking lot lights to their lowest needed level for security measures after business hours.

The planning commission meets at 7 p.m. at Grass Valley City Hall, 125 East Main St.

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


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