Signs point to change

Support shown for Glenville’s proposed sign ordinance revisions

— When Glenville’s sign ordinance was first drafted, technology like bright LED lights hadn’t even been imagined. So for the past three years, town officials have worked to craft a modern law suitable for regulating growing commercial corridors.

The Glenville Town Board held a public hearing Wednesday, Feb. 6, on proposed amendments to its sign regulations, which mostly affect what business owners can display to promote their store or services. Business representatives generally spoke favorably about the proposed changes.

Deputy Supervisor Alan Boulant said the current administration made changing sign laws a priority since taking office and it’s been a “painful process” that stretched on longer than needed.

“It was just an antiquated, outdated set of rules that were fine 25 to 30 years ago,” Boulant said. “It was clogging the ability for us to get signs taking care of.”

Among the updates, definitions were added for the Glenville Business and Technology Park, LED signs, sandwich board/sidewalk signs and the temporary sign definition was modified.

LED signs would be permitted but limited to Community Business, General Business, and Research/Development/Technology zoning districts. LED signs wouldn’t be permitted within the Town Center Overlay zoning district, which encompasses several businesses along the Route 50 corridor near the Glenville Municipal Center located on Glenridge Road. Regulations affect the configuration, location and operation of LED signs.

“The LED signs, those new animated sings, there is still a little work in progress on that,” Boulant said.

Regulations were also added for the placement and configuration of sandwich board, mobile/off-premises, civic, religious, educational and non-profit event signs. Plastic signs would also be allowed, with preference given to wood, simulated wood, stone, brick and composite signs.

Conflicting provisions, typically relating to sign setbacks, were also corrected.

William Socha, president of Socha Management, Inc., supported the changes to the ordinance and said past idiosyncrasies in the town code sometimes created hardships for business owners.

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