Sidewalk signs in WJ require permit
By Kevin Dye
The West Jefferson Planning and Zoning Committee discussed the current regulations and guidelines that cover the use of sandwich signs by businesses along Main Street.
Current village sign regulations state that a sandwich/sidewalk sign must conform to the following standards; a maximum height of five feet, a maximum width of two feet, minimum of five feet sidewalk clearance for pedestrians and eighteen inches from the curb. It also states that sandwich/sidewalk signs must be removed after business hours, have only one such sign per business and the sign needs a sign permit to be filed with the West Jefferson Planning and Zoning Committee.
“We have ordinances in place, we just have to enforce them,” zoning member Arnie Booth said. “It’s an enforcement issue. We would not have the problem if all the people with those signs had come to us for their permit.”
“I don’t believe we can single out people,” zoning member Sandy Boucher said. “I have a problem with picking and choosing what gets done. I think that it is time for things to be done, the way they are supposed to be done.”
Building inspector Paul Casa could not attend the planning and zoning meeting, due to another village meeting. The committee members decided to review the current sign regulations and table the issue until the May 16 meeting when the could question Casa on the signs.
The committee also hopes to finalize new condominium regulations by their next meeting and be able to present them to village council.