Board gives conditional OK for signs

Selectmen want Historic District Committee to review, approve proposal for changes

JAFFREY — A decision about whether new permanent signs pointing the way to the First Church in Jaffrey will be allowed on Mountain Road in the historic Jaffrey Center will come down to the Historic District Committee, the Select Board decided at a meeting last week.

The board entertained a request during its meeting on July 14 to place two permanent directional signs to the First Church. The signs would be 21 inches by 45 inches and stand upon a metal post.

Select Board member Tom Rothermel pointed out that in the past signs in that area, such as a directional for the Monadnock Inn, had to be approved by the town’s Historic District Committee. He moved that the Select Board approve the signs contingent upon the Historic District Committee’s review and approval.

Select Board Chair Kathleen Batchelder, however, was not completely at ease with leaving the final say with the committee. “And if they say no?” she asked.

“Then they can’t do it,” replied Select Board member Don McIsaac about putting up the signs.

“I have a problem with that,” Batchelder answered. She said the First Church signs would be fairly inconsequential. “I’m thinking of the signs already there on the way up, and I think having a sign showing where the First Church is is the least of our problems.”

McIsaac pointed out that might be all the more reason to run the decision by the Historic District Committee.

Despite her earlier objection, when the board voted on a motion to allow the church to erect the directional signs, on the condition that the Historic District Committee first review them and sign off on them, Batchelder voted for the measure and the motion passed unimpeded.

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