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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.

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!
Radnor Patch ISN'T About Radnor Anymore :( March 02, 2012 at 02:39 PM
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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