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Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Ignoring the Law

It's not surprising and certainly not the worst thing Al Spain has done to offend public sensibilities by violating the town's sign laws. It's perhaps a little more tangible because as a member of the town board that passes the laws he looks a bit uniformed at best or arrogant at worst. But town board members should lead by example and not be violating the laws they passed or that they have swore an oath to uphold.

Yet Supervisor candidate and current Councilman Al Spain still has political signs up which should have been taken down after his primary and replaced 30 days prior to the next election on November 8th.

When someone files a complaint with code enforcement, the signs will likely have to come down. But until then Al Spain is violating this little section of the town code.

Article VIII. Signs

[Amended 1-14-1991 by L.L. No. 9-1991; 2-13-1997 by L.L. No. 2-1997; 7-14-2005 by L.L. No. 4-2005]

§ 197-35. Exempt signs.

The following types of signs are illustrative of the kinds that may be erected and maintained without permits, or fees, providing such signs comply with the general requirements of this article and other conditions specifically imposed by the regulations:

I. Political posters, banners, promotional devices and similar signs, not exceeding four square feet in the residential districts or 16 square feet in the business districts, providing:

(1) Placement shall not exceed 30 days.

(2) The names and address of the sponsor and the person responsible for removal are identified.

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