The City of Edmonton provided the cost of decorative street lighting to Bonnie Doon Community League on September 2, 2014. The next step is for the league and a Decorative Streetlights Committee to canvass property owners, asking them if they are willing to pay a local improvement (based on the cost of $7.35 per meter of property frontage) for decorative streetlights. Fifty-one per cent of property owners must provide signed support in favour of decorative streetlights in order for that option to go ahead.
The decorative streetlights would be black. The column would be fluted and the LED light would be mounted on a “heritage style” arm (based on a survey by the league). If there is not enough support for decorative streetlights, Bonnie Doon will get standard light grey streetlights as part of Neighbourhood Renewal.
Would you like to be part of Bonnie Doon’s Decorative Streetlights Committee? Can you help out in canvassing property owners? If so, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org. It will take a fair bit of door-knocking and outreach to contact property owners in the neighbourhood. Please note that signed support for decorative streetlights must come from property owners, not residents renting property in Bonnie Doon.
The league must submit the petition to the City by November 15, 2014.
If Bonnie Doon opts for decorative streetlights, property owners have two payment options:
- Lump sum payment: The full cost is paid at one time.
- Local Improvement tax: The full cost is amortized over 20 years. The payments are added to the owner’s property taxes. Funding for these projects is borrowed from the Province, with the cost of borrowing passed on to those who amortize their payments as interest. The tax stays with the property. Should the current owner move, the payments become the responsibility of the new owner.
The City of Edmonton has scheduled Bonnie Doon for rebuilding of streets, sidewalks, etc in 2015, 2016 and 2017 as part of its Neighbourhood Renewal program.
For more information, please check out Bonnie Doon Great Neighbourhoods program and decorative street lighting.