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Village of Skaneateles introduces law to remove political sign restrictions

The board moved to schedule a public hearing on the law for its Oct. 10 meeting.

Though the 30-day rule has been treated by many as the 30-day period leading up to the election (which would start Oct. 7 this year as the election is on Nov. 5), the law does not state that specifically. This means that residents could lawfully put political signs on their property in September as long as they are removed before a 30-day period has elapsed.

Other regulations on political signs in the village would remain in place, if local law no. 2 were passed. Temporary signs are permitted to be put up on private property in the village, however they must be three-feet from any property line or road. Signs are not permitted on the grass between the sidewalk and the street, as the village has the right-of-way for that space. Village code also has a stipulation for signs advertising events that they must be taken down no more than five days after the event has happened. The enforcement of these rules falls under the powers of village Code Enforcement Officer Adam D’Amico.

The town of Skaneateles also has a law concerning political signs, though it has no 30-day restriction. Town code states that signs must be less than 15-feet from a property lines, may not be placed on trees, utility poles or fences and must be taken down no more than five days after the election is over.

In other business

--Fall brush pickup will occur in the village weekly starting on Sept. 30 and ending on Oct. 21.

--Zoning Board of Appeals member Lisa Banuski has put her letter of resignation. Mayor Marty Hubbard said that he would like the board to appoint a new member to fill her seat at the Oct. 10 village board meeting. Hubbard encouraged any village residents interested in the position to send a letter to the village offices stating their interest.

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