Niagara Gazette


September 3, 2013

Sign law slowly taking shape in Village of Lewiston

Niagara Gazette — LEWISTON — Progress has been slow completing a new sign law in the Village of Lewiston, the author said Tuesday.

Kenneth Slagenhoupt, village planning board chairman, said he's no closer to completing revised legislation designed to better enforce signage restrictions throughout the area following an August public hearing.

"I'm thinking this isn't going to be resolved in the next 30 days," he said during the village board's work session.

Slagenhoupt originally crafted a law to replace the current version on the books and presented it to the village board Aug. 19, in which he explained new regulations restricting LED displays and practically eliminating A-frame "sandwich board" signs from village use.

The LED signs, which are brightly-lit video boards capable of animated graphics, would be illegal in historic properties throughout the village, though it is likely to expand to cover entire historic districts before it's adopted.

Opinions expressed at the public hearing, expressing a concern about eliminating A-frame signs, prompted the board to refer the matter back to the chairman for further review. Residents and business owners speaking at the meeting said they'd support "sandwich board" signs for a limited time but didn't care for an outright ban, despite board members calling them hazards sitting in the pedestrian right-of-way.

Slagenhoupt decided to change his proposed law drastically concerning the "sandwich boards," which he's proposing to allow in the village during a set time and a set sign fee. He initially said June 15 through Sept. 15 would be the allotted time and would require a specified sticker licensing the board for use.

"This way, if the enforcement officer walks by and sees the sign is out of date, he picks it up and takes it to someplace the owner would have to interact with the village to retrieve," he said.

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