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Radnor Tells VU to Turn Off the Lights

Lights left on late in Villanova's stadium violates a 2005 resolution.

Radnor Township has issued violations to because the lights in the school's stadium are being left on late at night.

In a Feb. 17 letter from the township's solicitor John Rice, the township says that the school is in continuing violation of a resolution that states that the lights need to be turned off when not in use (and reduced when in use) after 9 p.m.

Villanova agreed to this when it built its athletic facility in 2005.

In an email sent to Christopher Kovolski, Assistant to the President for Internal and External Affairs, by township manager Bob Zienkowski on Feb. 17, Zienkowski writes, "Chris, we have been very patient with the University for months and months and months but it has become apparent to me that the University has snubbed its nose at the Township and has no intention of addressing this problem. It is beyond ridiculous! This ends today!"

Read the full email, letter and other documents on Save Ardmore Coalition.

Kovolski wrote an email to neighbors that day stating that the lights were on "as a result of a software failure in the new timer system we recently installed."

"That was compounded by a series of other issues, the circumstances of which truly do not matter. The lights were on and they shouldn’t have been."

He writes, "I am embarrassed and furious that the situation has deteriorated to this point. It is unacceptable and you have every right to be upset."

Radnor Patch has reached out to Villanova University for comment.

John T February 28, 2012 at 04:25 AM
Jesus Christ. I run on this track around 11:00pm after work to unwind. Looks like I will be running in he dark. Just when you thought the neighbors had whined about everything, here come this. To think they have the (FREE!) use of these facilities and somehow see it as a burden.
Jane Snyder February 28, 2012 at 04:30 AM
Does township manager Bob Zienkowski's email read like it was written by an angry teenager to anyone else? No you're beyond ridiculous!
Kevin Geary February 28, 2012 at 01:20 PM
So everyone is ok with them violating their agreement with the Township and therefore Radnor law? Sorry you can't run at night. Maybe if you saw my 3 year's son room lit up like the 4th of July at midnight you might have a different opinion. I applaud the University but everyone should know they only did this after they unveiled a massive $200 campus expansion. To me it's kind of like a teenager finally cleaning up his room, at the same time he is asking to take the car for Spring Break.
Catherine February 28, 2012 at 01:40 PM
Jane, I'd rather have a township manager who requires entities to keep their commitments; one who sticks up for taxpayers than have a snarky jerk at the helm who steals the township blind, wouldn't you? Villanova is asking for some huge concessions and favors from Radnor in order to build a new facility. Ignoring rules (lights down at 9pm/off at midnight) is a stupid thing to do. John, are you sure running on the Villanova track after 11:00 pm isn't trespassing?
Metoxic February 28, 2012 at 01:51 PM
Don't people have shades, these days? Don't worry. No one will see the lights when Villanova builds all those 5-story buildings in the parking lots. Just like the neighbors on Louella Court won't see Wayne, when they build the big lump parking garage that Mr. Fisher is OK with.
I Lived Here for 25 Years & Finally Moved Out February 28, 2012 at 04:17 PM
I'm a huge fan of Bob Z and the brilliant people who brought him to Radnor. Bob Z is getting things done for the citizens, he's highly responsive and action oriented. Hooray for someone in Goverment who sticks up for the citizens! And tough luck if you can't run on the track at 11pm at night, join a health club.
I Lived Here for 25 Years & Finally Moved Out February 28, 2012 at 04:20 PM
Seriously Jane? He's getting the job done and he's rightfully angry. Why don't you volunteer on one of the Township Committees or run for a Township Office, then complain when everything you do is out in the open.....until then, keep it shut.
I Lived Here for 25 Years & Finally Moved Out February 28, 2012 at 04:22 PM
Free? What do you think it costs to run those lights so you can run around a track at 11pm? And at what inconvenience to the neighbors, who you obviously don't care about. Glad I don't live next door to you....or maybe I wish that I did. Join a gym.
i grew here you moved here February 28, 2012 at 04:36 PM
I agree. Well said. PR move by the U. As is done by all developers
~ACR7297 February 28, 2012 at 08:08 PM
How about we ask Radnor to turn the lights ON! King of Prussia Road street lights were supposed to have been fixed MONTHS ago. They fixed only half of them. And leave the lights on at Villanova. Nothing better to complain about.
Terrance February 28, 2012 at 09:39 PM
I’m sorry, but who moved in to this area before 1842? I love this area but sometimes the selfishness of my neighbors really bothers me. Perhaps you should have thought about your 3 year old son’s well being before moving in next to a stadium. I believe the reason for those lights being on until midnight was because of the limited field space The University has to work with, due mostly to the fact that we won’t let them build anywhere. I appreciate Bob Z’s passion for our community and well being, but his comments in this patch come off as childish and immature. His “remember the Alamo” styled rhetoric seems quite adequate to appease his entitled constituents who have the means to buy homes elsewhere but chose to buy one not only next to a college campus but also a 12,000 seat stadium. Their complaint is analogous to that of a Child who was told not to touch a stove but then blames the stove for being hot. This whole debacle makes township residents seem more like an entitled bully rather than a victim of a snobbish University. And John T, if you’re looking for a gym membership, join mine; Its only $35/year for Radnor residents. Its located on the 3rd floor of Villanova’s rec center. Seems rather convenient to me, eh Charlie?
Charlie February 28, 2012 at 10:19 PM
Get off my lawn, you whipper snapper!
Looks like we have 2 Charlie's on this site....the 5:19pm Tuesday post was not me.... Terrance, some good points - particularly about the gym membership :) However, the law is the law and Villanova has to respect its neighbors just as each of us must obey the laws (including those that respect our neighbors).
Larry S March 08, 2012 at 01:18 AM
Ah, your complaint (not a whine), is heart-rending. Not to be able to unwind at 11:PM after work (night work?) by running around in a brightly-lit stadium is simply intolerable, if not inhuman. Yes, this healthy actvity does prevent the neighboring community from seeing the sky at night, but that seems unimportant if you have to be "running it the dark". So, a commitee must be set up composed of community leaders and Villanova administrators to provide funds to you for the purchase of a flashlight. After all, there is no need to bump your head on an unlighted goal-post..
Intheweeds November 15, 2012 at 02:52 PM
Did you not notice a football stadium with stadium lights before you purchased your home? Just an idea, but you might have anticipated these lights being on at night.

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