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Public Gives Opinion on Lake Club

Residents of the Thayer's Pond area came out to Monday night's Planning and Zoning Commission meeting to voice their opinions about the Lake club adding lights to two of its tennis courts. Bill Mahoney has lived near the club for 24 years and complained about the noise comparing the sweeping of the courts to the vuvuzela's at the World Cup. He said that if the club has more lights it will lead to more night play and more noise.

"That is not right to do to neighbors," Mahoney said, "The quality of life has diminished."

Bill Bishop of Wilton complained about the lights the Lake Club currently, saying they do not always shut them off at the 10 p.m. curfew, remembering a time where they stayed on continuously one weekend this past winter. He said that they should install timers and make other improvements to the current lights before building new ones.

Although, others had similar complaints, Al Miller was the lone neighbor to defend the club's building the new lights. He said he met with people from the club about the proposed lighting and that the tree level should block the lights. "I couldn't see where the lights would be," Miller said using his hands to demonstrate.

The Lake Club wants to install 28-foot light poles over courts seven and eight. The lights will have shields on them directing the light onto the courts. The club's representatives also said they do not intend on adding more night tennis matches to their schedule that the additional lighting is just to finish matches that started during the day.

The commission decided to keep the hearing open so they could visit the site and ask the club any questions that are brought up.

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