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Message stays as owners seek variance

  • The oil tank in the Eneguesses’ field in Peterborough is still painted with a sign advertising the Thing in the Spring, as the property owners have appealed to the ZBA. COURTESY PHOTO

Monadnock Ledger-Transcript
Published: 5/25/2016 8:02:51 PM

The owners of an oil tank in Peterborough often painted and used as a sign, will go to the zoning board in search of a variance to allow it to continue.

“We’ll see what they have to say next,” said Sally Eneguess in an interview Tuesday.

Sally and Sandy Eneguess, owners of the oil drum, were found in violation of a town ordinance last week and ordered to repaint or roll over the sign. told by the town to paint over the tank, because it exceeds the town’s ordinance on sign size. They are asking that they be allowed to use it to advertise nonprofit and town events up to four weeks before they occur.

The tank has sat in the Eneguess’ field for years, said Eneguess. The couple first painted “Obama” on the sign in 2008, and later also used it to endorse Congresswoman Annie Kuster. Political signs are not regulated by the town’s sign restrictions. However, starting last year, the couple allowed the sign to be used to advertise some local events – including Thing in the Spring, a Peterborough Players performance and the town’s Wellness Festival.

This year, when the couple painted over graffiti on the tank which read “BE HAPPY” to replace it with the details for this year’s Thing in the Spring, they were contacted by the town’s Code Enforcement Officer Dario Carrera and told to paint over the sign or hide it by rolling the tank by noon on Friday.

When the couple applied for a variance, said Sally Eneguess, it effectively appealed Carrera’s decision, and put a stay on the Friday deadline until the Zoning Board can make a ruling on the variance request.

Since it’s likely that decision will be made after the end of the Thing in the Spring, which runs from June 9 through June 12, the sign will serve its purpose for this year, said Eneguess. But the board’s decision will dictate how the tank can be used in the future.

It’s still their hope that the Zoning Board will give the OK for the sign to be used to advertise community and non-profit events, said Eneguess, but regardless of the decision, the couple will continue to use the tank to endorse their political favorites.

The Zoning Board meets on the first Monday of the month. Variance deliberations are subject to publically noticed hearings and abutter notification.


Ashley Saari can be reached at 924-7172 ext. 244 or She’s on Twitter @AshleySaariMLT.


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