(Disclosure: Rose Law Group represents neighbors against unshielded lights.)
By David Baker | AZFamily
SCOTTSDALE, AZ (3TV/CBS 5) – Homeowners in a Scottsdale neighborhood are angry about new lights that were just put up. They created a group called “3 Strikes: Lights, Noise, and Traffic” to battle the stadium lights that were installed for the baseball and softball fields at Chaparral High School. An anonymous donor gave $500,000 to the Scottsdale Unified School District for the lights. However, neighbors say they were never consulted about it and the lighting project was quickly pushed through.
“This was essentially a sales pitch where they made a lot of promises, a lot of highfalutin ideas that really didn’t pan out,” said Thomas Galvin, an attorney. He said the company behind the lights told neighbors the brightness wouldn’t impact them. However, people from up to half a mile away say the lights are bothering them.
“I can’t use my backyard anytime the lights are on,” said Roy Stulting, who has lived at his home since 1978. He said the lights blind him and have damaged his property value. Stulting also said the lights are so bright they are affecting traffic on the north and south side of the fields. “It’s dangerous in those two areas, dangerous to drivers, dangerous to pedestrians,” said Stulting.