Temporary business directory signs to be up through end of year

— At the Nov. 15 meeting, the trustees expressed concern over the width size of the proposed signs, and chamber Executive Director Sue Dove agreed to reduce the size to five feet across from six feet across.

The sign to be placed at the corner of Genesee and Jordan streets is in the village historic district, and the Historic Landmarks Preservation Committee, which discussed at its Nov. 14 meeting the possibility of building the sign, voted to hold a public hearing on the issue.

Former village codes officer Jorge Batlle told the village board that he was at the HLPC meeting and said that the village code states that while the HLPC has every right to hold a public hearing, the village board has sole discretion over whether or not to approve the sign.

Batlle said the village board is not required to hold a public hearing on the sign erection because it does not require a building permit to be approved but only a sign permit because the sign would be a “directory sign” as defined by the village code sign ordinance.

Mayor Marty Hubbard said he saw no downside to the HLPC holding a public hearing, and he and the rest of the board all felt it was a good idea to get more public input on the proposed signs before they make a final decision.

“We strongly encourage public input [on this],” said Trustee Jim Lanning.

Sennett made the suggestion that the current mock up signs – which are painted solid black and only meant to show size dimensions – be improved to include gold lettering of all the businesses set to be added to the final directory signs proposed by the chamber of commerce. She said to do so and then leave the signs up through the end of the year would be “an excellent opportunity” for the board to get resident feedback on the proposal and for village merchants to get some improved signage during Dickens Christmas.

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