Clay: Sign ordinance still in progress

The town of Clay's long-awaited sign ordinance is still not complete, Supervisor James Rowley said at the board's regular meeting Monday night.

"The board continues to struggle with it," Rowley said. "But we are making progress."

The ordinance, part of the town's zoning code, will "define, promote, and regulate signs that identify a business, service, or product in a manner that provides for or promotes public safety and are compatible with and enhance their existing and planned surroundings. The appearance, character and quality of a community are affected by the location, size, construction and graphic design of its signs. Therefore, such signs should convey their messages clearly, simply, and should be designed in a manner that is compatible with their existing and planned surroundings," according to the town's website.

Rowley said he hopes to have a draft proposal at the board's next meeting Aug. 20, but he can't promise it.

In other business:

- Judy DeMore of Toomey Residential gave a presentation to the board and those in attendance about a proposed group home for three developmentally disabled young women at 4202 Gemini Path, Liverpool. Toomey Residential is a nonprofit organization associated with Catholic Charities that helps children and adults with disabilities to live as independently as possible. The proposed home will house three women ages 18 to 21, all of whom are high school graduates and are employed. Toomey has put a purchase offer in on the property and is awaiting state approval to close on the home. The home will be staffed 24 hours a day.

Councilor Robert Edick told the audience that the home would benefit the neighborhood. "There's a group home in my neighborhood on Japine Drive," he said. "It's hard to tell -- they come and go in a van and you rarely see the people that live there. I can say that you'll have less problems in a group home like that than you would with regular homeowners -- kids speeding or drug selling or whatever else. I see no problem with it whatsoever."

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