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Sign law discussion takes a turn

Town to address signs on private property, not public lands

— “We’re trying to find a way to make a law that’s constitutionally valid and also enforceable,” Kuhn said. “We’re still in process to see if we will change the zoning code to be fully compliant with the first amendment, but for not-for-profits to get the word out about their events. We have to be cognizant of everyone’s rights. Also, vehicle and traffic law issues we need to consider.”

Supervisor John Clarkson said the issue is legally and constitutionally tricky and board members will look into, it but there is a limit to what the town can do. Regarding political signs throughout town, he is willing to do without them.

“I think we should definitely enforce all of our laws. Personally, I would like to see political signs restricted. I don’t think the public discourse is served by a profusion of signs,” he said.

Once the language is amended, the Town Board would need to review the wording and a public hearing would be set before the board could pass the changes into law.

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