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September 3, 2013

Sign law slowly taking shape in Village of Lewiston


Niagara Gazette — The holdup in authoring the new law comes from the exceptions he'd have to create, as nonprofit, church and governmental groups using a sign would need special exception under the new law. Many of them, including the village's own recreation department, use a "sandwich board" sign to advertise day-of events for a limited number of hours.

Businesses in high concentration with each other would also present some headaches if allowed to use signs, Mayor Terry Collesano said. In situations where businesses share a building with others, he said, it would be best if a sign could be shared rather than have multiple signs sitting on the sidewalk.

"We're going to have more signs than we do now," Deputy Mayor Bruce Sutherland added. "I just liked (the law) the way it was, with no 'sandwich boards' allowed."

Village attorney Edward Jesella agreed with Sutherland's opinion, citing the ongoing proliferation of signs throughout the village. He called it "eye pollution" and said it's "getting out of hand."

But after conversation continued, he stepped back and advised the board to consider the revisions to see if they work.

If not, there's always next year, he said.

"You might as well give it a shot," he said. "If it's not working, we can always go back and fix it next year."

Contact reporter Timothy Chipp at 282-2311, ext. 2251 or follow on Twitter @timchipp.

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