Mayfield weighing new sign regulations

MAYFIELD- Town officials are looking at a new law to control signs.

According to a document from town officials, a proposed town law, Local Law No. 1 of 2014, would amend a 2005 zoning law’s handling of signs.

“Basically, we received a number of complaints,” Town Supervisor Richard Argotsinger said, “mostly about political-type signs.”

The new law would require all property adjacent to state highways to follow the New York state rules and regulations enforced by DOT regarding signs, and that all property not by state highways would follow the new law. Previously, the town did not have a law governing signs.

According to the new law, signs would need to be in good condition or they will be removed by the Code Enforcement Officer. Signs cannot illuminate or shine light directed toward a public street or property. The total area of the sign cannot exceed 100 square feet for all other districts. These regulations are not intended to allow signs on property adjacent to town or county roads in violation of highway law or regulation.

According to Argotsinger, one of the reasons for the law is to help deal with election signs that spring up around the area.

“Essentially, we just follow DOT law here,” Argotsinger said.

In other news, Town Highway Superintendent Melvin Dopp reported the theft of dirt from the town’s sand pile, which it uses to grit the road with. According to Dopp, sand was taken in small amounts and possibly used to coat commercial businesses. Officials said they would erect a sign to prohibit the theft.