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Camillus Town Board considers changing code to allow for more signage

Saving Face Barbershop owner Anthony Nappa, left, says his business depends on having a sign out front. The Camillus Town Board is considering amending the town code to allow for temporary A-frame signs.

Saving Face Barbershop owner Anthony Nappa, left, says his business depends on having a sign out front. The Camillus Town Board is considering amending the town code to allow for temporary A-frame signs. Scott Schild

— Camillus business owners have never been allowed to set up A-frame signs outside their stores — but that could soon change.

The Camillus Town Board is considering amending the town code to allow business owners to post temporary, six-by-four-foot A-frame signs outside their storefronts. The town board held a public hearing on the issue Tuesday, Aug. 28, and scheduled a second hearing for 7 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 11.

Councilor Bill Davern says the passing of the proposition will be good for the local economy, given that it has been down since 2007.

“Businesses have told me when they don’t have a sign up, business is down. When they do have a sign up business is up, and traffic goes up,” he said. “Some of these businesses are far back from the road and having a location sign out there makes a big difference, or else people may not know they’re there.”

Anthony Nappa, owner of Saving Face Barber Shop on West Genesee Street, says having a simple sign out front can mean a 25 percent increase in business.

“Having a sign out front increases business substantially,” he said. “People passing by looking for a special or a barber shop will stop by, and even customers in the chair will mention they noticed it. It’s definitely impacted our business in a positive way.”

The Camillus Chamber of Commerce has jumped on board, Davern said, saying they have no problem with the placement of signs as long as they don’t become prolific.

“Some people are looking at the aesthetics point of view and think signs would look terrible,” Davern said. “So a requirement to have a sign is it has to look professional. However, I have heard very few complaints from the public, and no one spoke against it at Tuesday’s public hearing.”

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