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Fenner looking to make town signs more welcoming

Carey, Stoker say goodbye after decades of public service

— Instead of informing people entering the town of Fenner that “town zoning laws are now in force,” Supervisor Russ Carey would like the town to erect new signs that are more welcoming to visitors. As such, at the board’s Dec. 11 regular meeting Carey has asked both the Fenner Town Board and the public to consider and submit suggestions for the possible look and wording of the new signs.

“I’d love to see something warm and friendly,” Carey said.

Carey previously mentioned this idea at the board’s November meeting, and, at the end of the Dec. 11 meeting, opened up the topic for discussion by both the board and the members of the public in the audience.

Carey said there are currently 14 signs on town boundary roads, and Town Highway Superintendent Frank Hyatt said he priced possible new signs at $80 each, with graphics. He said that under state law all signs must be reflective and fluorescent, which increases the price somewhat.

Some sign image ideas discussed at the meeting included Fenner’s use of green energy and specifically its well-known windmills; Councilor Hank Stoker also suggested the backs of each sign thank people for visiting the town. The board discussed forming a committee comprised of town board members, planning board members and residents to consider sign ideas, but then agreed instead to just ask anyone with ideas to contact the board or the town clerk and share their thoughts.

Contact information for town officials can be found on the town’s website at townoffenner.com, or people can call Town Clerk Joanne Buyea at 655-2705 with sign ideas.

The Dec. 11 meeting was also the last official meeting for Carey and for Councilor Hank Stoker, both of whom decided not to run for reelection in the November town election. Carey has been supervisor for the past 18 years and Stoker has been a councilor for the past 20 years.

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