By Cynthia Germain
Alderperson Barbara Allmann, representatives from Fincantieri Bay Shipbuilding, City Administrator Josh VanLieshout and other city staff, and local residents met recently to discuss the concerns of light trespass on the residents on the west side of the channel opposite the Bay Shipbuilding campus. Allman, the representative for the 5th district, was pleased with those who attended and the open dialogue that occurred.
One resident on Duluth Place, David Valentine, also expressed his gratitude of Bay Shipbuilding taking the time to talk about the lighting and its impact on local residents. Also in attendance was Gary Henkelmann, President of the Door Peninsula Astronomical Society, who shared the availability of the International Dark Skies Association consulting services to assist with the issues. Valentine has been active on lighting issues over the last several years and looks forward to Bay Shipbuilding efforts to address them.
All of the meeting’s participants well understood the regulatory and safety requirements of the shipyard and also acknowledge the need to be good neighbors. At the conclusion of the meeting, Bay Shipbuilding representatives agreed to study the lighting with field experts over coming months and have feedback to Alderperson Allmann and local residents after the holidays.