by Pam Zubeck
Of the 8,000 or so streetlights the city is turning off to save money, about 172 have been adopted by residents so they'll keep burning.
"The response has been fairly consistent since we announced the program," city spokesman John Leavitt says in an e-mail. "Most citizens/customers seem to accept the streetlight deactivation as a
way for the City to reduce one cost. Some are actually happy that it is happening. But some customers are very concerned about their light being turned off. Concerns range from increased crime to encroaching wild animals. A small percentage of those who call in are interested in the adoption program. Most want the City to reconsider what it has done and turn the light back on."
Leavitt couldn't say how much money has been paid in the adoption program, because some lights cost more to keep burning that others.
Based on the 113 requests made on line, which doesn't include requests done by phone or through the mail, the biggest rescue effort has taken place in the Broadmoor area with 21. Second high is ZIP code 80919 in northeast Colorado Springs with 15. Tied for third at 10 each are ZIP codes 80917 (Village Seven) and 80907, an area that flanks Interstate 25 north of Fillmore to Austin Bluffs Parkway.
Go here for information on the program.