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Official: Crotched cites lights delay

Deadline to install caps had been Jan. 22

FRANCESTOWN — The town’s code enforcement officer has established that all 38 lights on the summit of Crotched Mountain are within Francestown town lines, and in an interview Wednesday he said they remain uncovered.

After reviewing a drawing of the 2012 expansion on the mountain’s summit recently, Code Enforcement Officer Ed Hunter said that none of the lights are on Bennington town property. After inspecting the drawing the Planning Board had on file, he confirmed this information with Crotched Mountain Ski and Ride General Manager Pat Terry.

Hunter said that Terry told him on Monday that the shields had yet to arrive. Terry did not indicate any issues with ordering the shields and had no explanation for the delay, said Hunter.

Hunter said he hopes to speak with Terry by the end of the week about establishing a timeline for installing the shields.

“It needs to be done, from the town’s perspective, before ski season is over,” Hunter said.

The last estimated deadline Hunter gave for shield installation was Jan. 22 but due to the unexplained delay, Hunter will not know a possible deadline until he speaks with Terry.

The Francestown Zoning Board granted Crotched Mountain Ski and Ride an outdoor lighting variance on Nov. 26, on the condition that the ski resort install shields on all 38 lights added in a 2012 expansion. The decision came after months of intense debate regarding glare from the lights.

Lindsey Arceci can be reached at 924-7172, ext. 232, or larceci@ledgertranscript.com.

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