A sign of the times in Rotterdam

Supervisor Steven Tommasone said he thinks the board will have to take a hard look at its code, considering the needs of small businesses and fraternal organizations. He also said it's important to consider quality of life issues of residents and to look at the codes of neighboring municipalities.

Originally, Tommasone said the board wanted to make an exemption for public schools and public firehouses to ensure public safety.

"In the event of an emergency, these signs could be used to provide important information to people," Tommasone said at an agenda meeting in February.

He said the town will likely go forward with the proposed exemption, but will look closely at the possibility of revising the town code further, taking the needs of small businesses and fraternal organizations into account.

"We're going to have the Department of Public Works look at some of the types of signs available," he said. "What we don't want to see is a proliferation of blinking signs. But, we also want to afford businesses and nonprofits to have some form of signage."

Last month, the planning commission recommended that the board include "fraternal nonprofit organizations" in their exemption.

Tommasone said much of the problem stems from the fact that the town code is out of date. He said the current administration will continue to work toward updating the town code.

"It doesn't take into account the sign technology out there today," said Tommasone. "Our code responds to things that are very different from today.""

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