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Sturbridge selectmen may review sign bylaw

September 28, 2010
STURBRIDGE — The Board of Selectmen has expressed interest in re-examining the town bylaws restricting signs put up by businesses and tried to get the ball rolling for change.

At the Monday, Sept. 20 meeting, the board asked Town Administrator Shaun A. Suhoski to contact the Planning Board and request they consider taking up the bylaws in time to have a revised version in time for Town Meeting next year.

"The board members all agreed that they would like to initiate a review of the sign bylaw to ensure we have the best product for the community," Suhoski said after the meeting.

"I did speak with town planner and the Planning Board has this on its to-do list after the master plan update is done."

Planning Board Chairman Sandra Gibson-Quigley said her board has not yet been approached regarding the issue and that the normal course of action is for the town planner to bring it up. There has not been any such discussion yet, she added.

The sign bylaws were brought up with the selectmen during the bi-monthly status report by Building Inspector David Lindberg. In the report, Lindberg said he had been getting complaints about signs put out by businesses and advertising yard sales. Lindberg said some people have complained the bylaws are being unfairly enforced, with authorities cracking down on some signs, but not on others.

For more on this story, please see tomorrow's Southbridge Evening News.

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