A May 29 Mountain Democrat letter to the editor stated inaccurate information regarding the status of the Georgetown street lights and the participation of community members. The letter referenced that “for months, Mr. Ranalli has been actively working with Georgetown constituents to resolve the longtime problem of funding the lighting district in the core area of Georgetown.” Mr. Ranalli (a candidate for District 4 Supervisor) missed a scheduled telephone meeting to discuss this matter with Ms. Lisa Forma, a community member currently involved with the streetlight status and resolution. After following up to contact this candidate, Ms. Forma has yet to receive a call back to discuss the matter with him. He has not been involved with any efforts with community members to resolve the issues.
In 2003, the Georgetown Lighting and Landscaping District was dissolved after a failed ballot measure to increase its boundaries and define the annual tax for the district. The Georgetown Adopt-A-Light Program was developed in response to the failed passage. Many lights have gone dark for various reasons. Recently, Ms. Forma has been organizing the process, with help from other Georgetown residents, for gathering information on the lights, establishing which lights have sponsors and which lights do not.
Mr. Leon Alevantis, a Georgetown resident, has recently been helping Ms. Forma. Due to Mr. Alevantis’ connections at PG&E, this matter has been elevated at a higher level within PG&E. Supervisor Ron Briggs’ office became involved after contact by a Georgetown resident, triggering contact with the Governmental Relations of PG&E and Ms. Forma. Georgetown Fire Chief Greg Schwab is also involved in this effort to restore the lights in Georgetown.
A recent inspection confirmed that approximately 40 percent of the lights are not on. Working with PG&E, the first goal for the Adopt-A-Light Program is to determine new account customers for all of the orphan lights, as well as the repair the lights that are either off or malfunctioning. The second goal is to compile a list of various options for a permanent solution that would provide energy payment and maintenance. As part of this second goal, Ms. Forma and Mr. Alevantis will be exploring alternatives with various agencies and will be presenting the options to the Georgetown community.