In a casual meeting at the Little Corona Restroom just above the state beach on Thursday morning, two city employees and City Councilwoman Nancy Gardner met with three Shore Cliffs neighbors to discuss concerns with the newly opened facility.
The biggest issue with the bathroom, which officially reopened on July 3, has been three exterior lights that direct intense light over the canyon into homes on the other side. Originally the lights had 26-watt bulbs that one neighbor said were like “helicopter search lights” beaming into his home; read the story here. The lights then were changed to 13-watt bulbs, but they still beam into homes and also blink throughout the night, a problem that workers blamed on electrical issues.
At the site meeting, neighbors suggested that the restrooms be locked at night when the beach closes at 10 p.m. However, Greg Cohrac, a public works inspector, said the idea was flawed because when public toilets are locked at night, the outside water fountains, plantings and sidewalks get used instead, leaving messes of human waste. Also, the building must have lights at night to make sure police are safe when they come to patrol the beach area, he said.
He did promise that city crews will be replacing the current lights with lights that will go under the building’s small eaves and point down instead of out over Buck Gully. That work should begin in a few weeks and also should take care of the flickering issues. He also said they would work on reducing the restroom’s interior lights, which are on a motion sensor, so they are less bright, as well.
Councilwoman Gardner said she would look into having city officials add landscaping to the front of the restroom, which would help to shield the building from homeowners.
Neighbors said they were pleased with the city’s response and were looking forward to seeing how the new lights looked when they were installed, probably next month.
The restroom project began late last year in order to enlarge the old facilities and bring them up to standards set by the Americans With Disabilities Act. The city was obligated to use the contractor with the lowest bid, but there were numerous problems and delays with construction and finally, city crews took over the project to finish it in time for the July 4 holiday weekend.
Read our original story here.
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