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Glenmont restaurateur Harvey Quinn goes to trial

The supervisor said that the town's building inspectors act as code enforcers and hand out citations for violations.

"Most of the owners comply before they are cited for a violation," Cunningham said.

Cunningham did not respond to a request before publication of The Spotlight for records detailing how many businesses have been cited for town code violations in the past year or how many businesses were warned in lieu of a citation.

Nanci Moquin, the town's zoning board of appeals administrative assistant, said Quinn did come to the zoning board to request a sign variance, but did not provide information requested of him for his application and his request was ultimately denied.

"When he first came in, he stated that he lost business and we asked for documentation showing this," Moquin said. "He never brought it in, and he never came back."

Moquin said the board left the case open, however, and that Quinn can re-apply "at any time" if he provides documentation showing his lost revenues. Quinn was issued a letter stating the reasons of his denial and the request for documentation, according to Moquin, but she said Quinn called and said he was unable to provide the documents due to "personal problems."

Quinn said he sent a letter to the town asking for dismissal saying there is no basis for his banners being in violation, and he said he couldn't provide documentation at the time because the previous owner of the restaurant had just died and his restaurant had lost "several employees."

"All signs must be constructed of a durable material that doesn't move," Quinn said of town code. "When the winds blow, my permanent sign moves the code is supposed to prevent moving mechanical signs and flashing lettering or a strobe, not banners."

Cunningham said Quinn is wrong, and town code specifically outlaws freestanding banners not attached to a building, without a variance. Quinn was offered a deal instead of going to trial, which included a fine and his acknowledging he was in violation of the code.

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