continued “We have dealt with unfortunate situations over the past few years with current ordinances and really some silly, silly situations,” Socha said. “I am very much for this … I think it is very important to keep the businesses in mind.”
Socha agreed with the town’s proposal to allow internally lit signs. He recalled an instance in which a business was replacing the plastic panel to update its backlit sign, but the town made him light it directly instead.
“The town made him shut down the internally lit sign and then spend this money to put these stupid things that shine down on the same exact sign,” Socha said.
Some worried about aesthetics though, including resident David Hennel, who spoke on internally lit signs.
“I’m little nervous by eliminating the restriction,” Hennel said. “I’m hoping that we are able to try and keep some of this great progress … as a resident I’m hoping we don’t go back to the big, square, white box.”
Ernie Darrah, manager of Personal Wine Cellar, welcomed monument signs being allowed at shopping centers. Previously, only pole or pylon type signs were allowed, which is the design used for Price Chopper’s sign where Darrah’s store is located.
Darrah said Personal Wine Cellar, which opened in October 2011, has experienced good growth since opening and the store is looking to invest in a new sign. He said the lighting shining onto the sign right now is not adequate.
“You could drive by tonight and … all you are going to see is a glare,” Darrah said. “All you are going to see is a big, giant, white blotch next to Price Chopper and wonder, ‘What’s that?’ So I am very glad we are doing this.”
James Valachovic, president of the Glenville Business and Professional Association and member of the town’s Small Business Economic Development Committee and Local Development Corporation, said the local business groups he belongs to support the proposed changes. He said the updated code would help attract and retain businesses.
To view the specific amendments proposed for Glenville’s sign ordinance click here to visit the town's website. You can download the document after following the link, but Microsoft Word software is required to properly view the document.
During the last two years, the town awarded funds to local business to replace signs through its Revitalization and Economic Development Investment (REDI) fund. Town officials haven’t decided what REDI funds would be used for this year.