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Letter: Darien Residents Willing To Say 'Yes' To Permanent Lights

Selectman Rob Richards
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DARIEN, Conn. -- The Darien Daily Voice accepts signed and original letters to the editor, up to 350 words. To submit your letter, email

To the editor:

Last November, I suggested the Board of Selectmen take a leadership roll in regard to (installing permanent) Darien High School lights.

The suggestion was welcomed by a group of neighbors who have opposed the lights. They invited me to discuss the issue with them back in January.

For the past several months, the neighbors and I have been working on a solution.

My plan was to present a solution with the neighbors' blessing before the Board of Selectmen. However, I did not anticipate Superintendent Brenner’s proclamation on the need for lights happening so soon.

Therefore, in an attempt to expedite things and pave the way for a conversation between the neighbors, the Board of Education and Planning and Zoning, I am making the following announcement:

On behalf of the neighbors, we are releasing a letter to the community stating the neighbors are willing to say “yes” to permanent lights at Darien High School but subject to reasonable guidelines for use.

I still urge the Board of Selectmen to take a leadership role by reviewing and endorsing the guidelines so that we may move forward as a community cooperatively and with positive momentum.

With that said, I willingly present these guidelines to the community as reasonable and fair and I hope we can move forward with mutual neighborly respect for each other.

Rob Richards,

Selectman, Town of Darien

To view the guidelines for permanent lights at Darien High School, click here.

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