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The code is clear

March 24, 2011

In the late spring of 2009, I received a notice from the former Town of Tusten Code Enforcement Officer, David Sparling, regarding a sign that did not comply with Section 5.4 of the town’s zoning regulations. The notice spoke to the sign’s unusual size and dimensions and gave clear guidance as to how to submit drawings, apply for a permit, and come before the zoning board for further discussions. We were unaware that such restrictions existed, and after receiving the notice we immediately removed the sign.

I have subsequently placed several signs on my property, all within the four-square-foot limitations specified by the zoning regulations, that are more political in nature and along the lines of the “freedom of speech” concerns reported in the March 17 article “Sign of the Times.” Since Mr. Ned Lang sits on the Town of Tusten’s Zoning Board of Appeals, and is already looking at legal opinions, he is obviously aware that under existing town regulations that size does indeed matter. This is not about Lang having the freedom to express his views, or to work to change the zoning laws. The threat of potential legal litigation should not deter the town board from enforcing its existing regulations and setting up questionable precedents for the town.

Kevin Vertrees
Narrowsburg, NY