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January 10. 2014 12:43AM

Salem wants consistency in rules for signs

SALEM — As the Board of Selectmen and the Planning Board continue to craft an updated policy on temporary signs for nonprofit organizations, the town is still dealing with unwanted signs left by commercial enterprises along town property.

The updated ordinance for temporary signs looks to clarify what types of organizations can place temporary signs on private property and for how long.

However, a bigger problem may be enforcement of the existing town ordinances that prohibit temporary signs from being placed on public property. According to Town Manager Keith Hickey, it is a matter of having enough resources for enforcement of the town ordinances."Right now, if you go down Route 28, you have signs lining the road saying fishing and hunting expo, fishing and hunting expo, fishing and hunting expo," said Selectman Pat Hargreaves at this week's board meeting. "They are on snowbanks, they are all over the place."

Selectman Michael Lyons said the signs should not be on public property."There is a policy, but we don't enforce it all the time," he said.

Hickey said there is a policy that the town's zoning administrator follows but noted that the resources to enforce the policy fell victim to budget cuts several years ago.

"The person who was supposed to be doing it was removed from the budget four years ago," Hickey said.

Hickey said Assistant Town Manager Leon Goodwin will look into the issue.

"We will do the best we can and try to address it," said Hickey.aswift@newstote.com


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