Selectmen to discuss sign bylaws

By Zarrin Tasnim Ahmed | Oct 04, 2016
Photo by: Zarrin Tasnim Ahmed From left: Selectmen Peter Teitelbaum, Chair Judith Whiteside, and Patrick Tropeano.

A bylaw adopted three years ago was designed to crack down on signs being placed any and everywhere in town, and on Tuesday Selectmen said they will soon discuss enforcement options.

Though no decisions were made during the Board of Selectmen meeting, board members agreed to put it on the agenda in the future.

A bylaw aimed at codifying the rules and making them enforceable was adopted by town meeting in October 2013. The bylaw states that any new sign requires a permit, except for the following:

Address signs, awning signs, construction signs, for sale signs, political signs, flags, window signs and off-premises directional signs that direct people to local businesses. Although these signs do not require permits, they still must meet certain specifications within the bylaw in regards to size and placement.

Also included in that group are signs that direct people to one day events such as yard sales, open houses, road races, lost pets, etc. Those signs can be displayed on a public or private ways for a maximum of 18 hours but: "may not be placed on public trees, poles, lightpoles, etc."

Last year, the Selectmen expressed frustration about signs around town placed without permits.

Back then, and at Tuesday night's meeting, Selectmen Alan Slavin pointed out that the director of Inspectional Services can appoint anyone he sees fit to remove the offending signs.

"We're just gonna figure out who the players are and what the issues are and get rolling on that," said Selectmen Peter Teitelbaum.

Chair Judith Whiteside limited conversation regarding the bylaw, and motioned for a vote to discuss it at a later date.

Comments (6)
Posted by: Snowman | Oct 05, 2016 14:20

Where does large "Body Piercing" signs in the Village Center fit ?  Is it Window Art?  Signage?   Hopefully neither.

That sign has to got to go.

Posted by: sadie | Oct 05, 2016 15:31

What is going on with the selectmen’s meeting .This last meeting lasted 15 minutes. The last few months the meetings have less and less substance, it seems they can’t wait to end the meeting. Faces are made by some selectmen if others give long announcements or long liaison reports. Once the town business is done maybe they could find out what else is going on in town. Like asking the town inspector how he is doing getting rid of the blight in town. Maybe they could invite someone from the business’ from main street in Wareham one week and Onset the next week and them if they need help from the town. Is there anything that town could do to help their business. Maybe they need help with homeless hanging around their business all day long.


When did they decide that during citizen’s participation they would no longer answer question or engage in conversation with the person. It takes a lot for someone to go ask a question at that meeting some people uncomfortable. So now the person can ask a question but no one will answer the question. What’s the point of asking, if they wanted to stop people from going to citizens participation they have succeeded, maybe that was the plan. What happened to all that transparency, questions can be asked but no answers given not in a public forum. If they are not going to answer question then they should at least tell the TA to answer his emails.

Snowman you could ask during citizen's participation at the selectmens meeting but you will be answered by crickets

Posted by: Newlyaresident | Oct 06, 2016 12:02

The window treatments in the new tattoo joint isn't the most offensive thing in town. At least the cleaned up building! The dirtbag contingent that hangs around the cash market is the biggest problem!

Posted by: bob | Oct 06, 2016 20:02

Sadie,you got a good point about the T.A. ,maybe he should take an example, as his former boss had,citizen time in his office on a certain day.each week...

Posted by: sadie | Oct 06, 2016 21:07

He has been a good TA when it comes to the financials but when it comes to answering questions or informing the people what's going on he sucks. He kind of has the attitude that he only has to answer or please the TA he seems to forget we pay his salary. I have a lot of senior friends who own homes, some expensive homes, they pay a lot in taxes and he just blows off their emails.

Since the town is open later maybe it would be a good idea for him to meet and answer questions. People could after instead of taking time off work

Posted by: Knocked for six | Oct 07, 2016 09:24

It seems to me everybody has a free pass to do just about anything they want. Well everyone but Gateway gold and pawn that is. Just a observation don't be hating.

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