The article (Village News, 4/3/14) about the signage struck a nerve. This affects all of the businesses and organizations in town.
We need to take a look at the big picture and not get caught up in the details. Look at the complexity, time, and cost of the process of applying for a permit to hang a sign or banner. Three committees, boards, and bureaucracies are involved in the approval process. There’s talk of forming another committee to fill out the paperwork to satisfy all of these bureaucracies. There are efforts being made to reduce the fees and streamline the process.
Let’s look at the following points:
Why are so many bureaucracies involved? Years ago, I wrote a letter to Bill Horn about this. The response I received, said that allowing banners “would be problematic because the county would not have control over what the banners said.” First amendment?
Why do we have to get a permit to publicize what’s going on in the community? This is especially offensive when a permit is even required to put a sign or banner on private property! Private property rights?
The county wants a revenue stream. Why should we have to pay the county for permission to hang a banner or a sign? If we didn’t have so many bureaucrats involved, it wouldn’t cost anything.
Instead of patting ourselves on the back for being the first community in the area to streamline this process, we ought to eliminate it.