Proposal for the removal of the Times Square BID floodlights.
WHEREAS, Times Square Alliance is interested in removing all floodlights in the area; and
WHEREAS, The floodlights were installed and paid for through a grant from the Portman fund 12 years ago and have since become faulty and obsolete; and
WHEREAS, An ambient light survey has shown no problem with light in the area currently; and
WHEREAS, The Alliance currently pays $90,000 annually for upkeep and power for these obsolete floodlights which can be better utilized elsewhere; and
WHEREAS, The Alliance agrees to urge the City to increase wattage of lights on existing poles on side streets that may require additional lighting and to focus on lighting 8th avenue, which currently is not covered by these floodlights; and
WHEREAS, Community Board Five believes the City should be responsible for the cost of lighting the streets; therefore be it
RESOLVED, Community Board Five recommends the removal of all floodlights installed from 40th to 53rd Streets, Broadway to 7th Avenue.
The above resolution passed with a vote of 27 in favor, 0 opposed, 1 abstention.