Street Lights

The Street Lighting initiative relates to Muncie Action Plan (MAP)  initiative #4: (Managing Community Resources) Action 1, This section provides an access to design manual, operation and maintenance contact information, and a some resources for homeowners. This initiative will design and construct a community that is sustainable and environmentallyfriendly. In addition, this could be achieved by determining the most efficient and sustainable practices that increase profitability while reducing the negative environmental impacts in Industry neighborhood. Action two is to find a financial support with consideration of cost- effectiveness and community priorities. “To the extent redevelopment takes place in the future, it will be carried out in a manner the respects and reflects the surrounding community. Strategies will focus on financially feasible solutions that enhance the existing neighborhoods that are most in need of revitalization.”

Why this is important?

Providing light for all roadway users is the purpose of this initiative. Street lighting was one of the concerns noticed at the neighborhood meeting and community survey. Improved street lighting can promote security and safety for pedestrians, cyclists, and drivers. Also, enhance the aesthetic appeal of the surrounding properties (See Figure 1). Residents complained about the frequent lack of street lighting in their neighborhood. This creates the feeling of insecurity in some areas that residents use such as doorways and bus stops.

The need for more efficient street lighting is an important service that each city and community should provide. Therefore, improved street lighting, which enhances public safety and security in Industry, can increase property value and entice more homeowners.

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Street-lighting will encourage people to notice suspicious activity, increase opportunities for surveillance, and reduce the public’s fear of crime. Source: Ibrahim Galeza

What this will involve?

Residents may call or go to the Street Department to report for street lights needing repair or improvement and provide the location that will be reported to American Electric Power for repair. Residents may fill out a brief form provides information, location and a description of the problem online.

Although, residents are responsible to report for street light problems when they see them to ensure that maintenance will be performed in a short time, sending reports in collectively will inform the importance of a particular light and shows that the light is in the interest of the community. In addition, the City of Muncie is responsible for maintaining street lighting and residents should work with city officials and engineers to express the need for developed lighting.

Contact information

American Electric Power (AEP)
Phone: (888) 710-4237
Muncie City Street Department
5790 W Kilgore Ave
Muncie, IN 47305
Phone: (765) 747-4847

Department of Community Development
300 N. High St. City Hall
Muncie, IN 47305-1639
Phone: (765) 747-4825 (phone)
Fax: (765) 747-4898 (fax)
http://www.hud.gov/local/in/community/cdbg/
Contact: Dr. Terry Whitt Bailey, Director
tbailey@cityofmuncie.com

Department of public works
5790 W. Kilgore Ave.
Muncie, IN 47304
Phone: (765) 747-4847
cityeng@cityofmuncie.com

Suitability analysis

This initiative applies to all parts of the Industry Neighborhood. As seen from the suitability map, South Madison Street, Heekin Park and a number of intersections are in need of additional street lighting. The City of Muncie Comprehensive Zoning Ordinance is required the change of the maximum height of freestanding lights to enhance the streetlights quality. Moreover, many existing lighting fixtures in Industry neighborhood need additional services such as light bulb replacement service. Furthermore, adequate lighting will increase pedestrian, vehicular and bicycle activity safety at night. The city of Nashville designed complete street lighting program information to assist with the street lighting installations. The document can be found at: http://www.nespower.com/documents/StreetLightManual08.pdf

Street Light Final

Suitability analysis forStreetlights location and Crime Density in the Industry neighborhood. Source: Ibrahim Galeza

 

Case study one: New Orleans, LA

The Department of Public Works to recover over 30% of the street light system in the city on period on two years. The city used a one-time federal stimulus funding to cover the cost and convert the street light system in to (LED) lights, which reduce energy usage, increase brightness when a pedestrian walks near it, and reduces maintenance costs. This program has been very successful and changes will allow repairs to be completed more rapidly.

Case study two: Improving Street Lighting to Reduce Crime and Concern in Residential Areas Oakland, CA.

The study was made to show the correlation between street lighting and crime in Oakland, California. Welsh, B a criminology professor at Northeastern University, (2012) states that crimes have been reduced by 20 percent as an effect of improved street lighting and street lights act as “natural surveillance”. However, the city was complaining that the budget could not cover this improvement; the ordinance required the city to begin using energy-efficient bulbs.

The Chicago Department of Transportation (CDOT) investigated the relationship between street lights and crime. The study concluded that the street light outages have different effects on different neighborhoods. Some neighborhood recorded an increase as much as 134 percent when the street lights were out “when the lights go off, the shooting started”.

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