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PHARMACY TOO WELL-LIT, ALDEN NEIGHBORS COMPLAIN

Three West Main Street neighbors of the recently constructed Eckerd Drug Store in the Village of Alden complained to the Village Board Monday night that the pharmacy is too well-lit.

The residents say the problem is excessive, glaring light from six lights in the store parking lot and additional security lights on the building.

"Our yard, our kitchen, our living room and every bedroom upstairs is flooded with light 24 hours a day," said Ellen Reen of 13075 West Main. "We're 185 feet from the building, and we still have illumination in every room of our house."

Mayor Michael Retzlaff said he contacted Eckerd representatives about the problem, and they are being cooperative. The company agreed to put shields on the lights directing the beams onto the parking lot and away from residents' homes within 30 days, said Retzlaff.

Timers will also be added, turning the parking lot lights off when the store is closed. Company officials expect the store to open by mid-November.

Trustee Theodore Mezedlo reported that vandalism is again on the rise with three residents calling him about broken lights, glass, smashed pumpkins and yard garbage bags broken open after last week's high school football game.

This is the second incident of vandalism this fall after home football games, said Mezedlo. Outside the high school, a plastic construction fence, estimated at $900, was set on fire after a football game two weeks ago, he added. Retzlaff said that he will ask the school superintendent to address the problem with students before it gets out of hand.

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