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Village of Lewiston to resume 'sandwich board' sign talks

by jmaloni
Mon, Jul 17th 2023 12:05 pm

By Joshua Maloni

GM/Managing Editor

Trustees in the Village of Lewiston will again discuss changing municipal law, as it pertains to “sandwich board” signs, when they meet at 6 p.m. tonight in the Red Brick Municipal Building, 145 N. Fourth St.

The agenda includes the latest draft of the proposed sign law change. It states:

Local Law #15-2023 – amend Section 13 Sign Regulations to read:

B. Definitions

Change number 25 to:

“A-Frame/Vertical Sign” – a hinged freestanding sign that is composed of two sign faces, unattached to any building or ground surface and which opens in an “A” shape or a Vertical sign.

C. Prohibited Signs

Item 13 – Upon submission of application and all requested information, the Village Zoning Officer may grant approval for one A-frame/Vertical sign per business.

Eligibility for authorization of an A-frame/Vertical sign requires the business to have a primary sign approved by the Planning Commission (Refer to Section 13 – Sign Regulations of the Village Code) before A-frame signs (secondary signage) can be considered.

Evidence of insurance coverage for the sign, with the Village of Lewiston listed as additionally insured, must be submitted with the application, as well as an image of the proposed location of the A-frame/Vertical sign.

If approved, the use of one A-frame/Vertical sign would not be counted towards the allowed signage (Refer to Section 13 – Sign Regulations of the Village Code).

No A-frame/Vertical signs of any size, shape or design shall be permitted within the public right-of-way of Village streets.

The sign must be non-illuminated, not exceed 8 square feet in area and 4 feet in height and have nothing attached to it.

The use of an A-frame/ Vertical sign is only permitted during the business’ hours of operation. The business is to put the A-frame/Vertical sign out no sooner than open of business and remove by close of business and be sufficiently secure to prevent movement from the wind. Any weights or cords used with the sign must also be taken in with the sign.

Placement will not obstruct free egress from a window, door, or a fire escape and will not interfere with vehicular or pedestrian access or visibility.

Failure to comply with the requirements detailed above may result in the revocation of the A-frame/Vertical sign approval, and/or a $100 fine. The Village Zoning Officer has the right to collect the A-Frame/Vertical sign, if it is left out beyond the business’ hours of operation.

(Paragraphs added for clarity.)

Though the "sandwich board" sign proposal is on the agenda, it's unknown if trustees will opt to vote. They may just discuss and gain additional input from residents.

For more on this topic:

See >> Lewiston business owners provide 'sandwich board' suggestions; Village Board to use input in creating new law


See >> Village of Lewiston to hold public hearing on 'sandwich board' sign laws


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