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Posted on: August 12, 2020

Message From Mayor Richard Bain

Dear Friends and Neighbors,

We have seen an increase in the number of temporary yards signs throughout the community. These include all types of signs including realtor signs, contractor signs and of course the seasonal political signs. Although they are permitted, the proliferation of signs can create “sign pollution” in the community. That is one reason that signs are regulated in our ordinances, including where they can be lawfully placed. I would like to remind you that there are some simple statutory regulations to be followed when placing them in your yard, including:

“No temporary sign shall be erected closer than twenty (20) feet from the pavement of a street or within six (6) feet of any property line. If, due to the topography, existing foliage or other similar conditions existing as to a particular property, conformance with the setback requirement herein would impair the visibility of the sign, the Building Inspector may permit an exception to the set-back requirement.”

That single topography “exception” does not mean someone may select to place a sign close to the street in front of nearby landscaping when there is an open yard apart from that location to reasonably and appropriately place the sign in compliance with the regulation. Your Building Department and Police really should not have to be the sign police, and each have important tasks to accomplish without having to respond to this issue. The simple rule is that no signs are to be placed within the public right of way (the 20’ area dedicated for the streets and utilities).

Contractors and realtors like to place their advertising signs on street corners but these are prohibited because they are locating them with the right of way area. If you are selling your home, please remind your agent that temporary signs for the sale must be posted on your immediate property. If you are expressing your support or opposition to a candidate or issue, please do so, but in compliance with our setback ordinance.

Thank you to everyone for relieving our Building officials and Police from needing to monitor this situation. This is an easy “fix” by everybody simply obeying the easily followed rules which exist.

Sincerely,

Richard Bain

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