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Board to discuss regulations for lawn signs that advertise

FRANCESTOWN — The zoning ordinance for signs will be addressed at the Dec. 17 Planning Board meeting in response to recent concerns over what the ordinance verbiage means when applied to advertising signs on private lawns.

In an interview with Planning Board Chair Linda Kunhardt on Monday, she said the issue began when a businessperson in town found a new way to advertise. Based on cardboard yard signs like the “I love The Well School” sign, one Francestown businessman decided to make signs for his business and offer them to customers to put on their lawn. Kunhardt said some residents are concerned about whether this is permitted under the zoning ordinance for signs or not.

“For a lot of zoning ordinances, one thinks one knows what it says, then an incident comes up and you realize you’re not sure,” Kunhardt said.

She said the ordinance, Article 4 on page 20, addresses the shape, size and form of yard signs, but doesn’t deal with what the signs can actually say. According to the sign ordinance, “No more than two on-premise signs may be displayed advertising the business of the owner or operator upon the premises wherein the business is operated.”

Kunhardt said laws should be applied equally. “Because it’s a school, is it not also a business?” she said. “It’s something that needs to be talked about.”

Lindsey Arceci can be reached at 924-7172, ext. 232, or larceci@ledgertranscript.com

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