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FixCarver.Com Street Signs Removed & Destroyed
Officials from the Clown Hall acted swiftly to remove a political
thorn in their side. According to Administrator Rick LaFond building
inspector Mike Mendoza removed FixCarver.Com signs from the town.
Mendoza told Paul Johnson that he received no complaints but acted
swiftly to enforce section 3520 of the Towns By-Laws because of the
number of signs. He stated that he has never before imposed a fine for
non-conforming signs. Mendoza admits that he has removed signs for Carversingles.com but has never imposed a fine on Carver Singles
because he does not know who they are. Hey Mike you might try
http://www.carversingles.com/. (just a thought always trying to be
helpful) Let us know how much fine money you collect from them.
politically motivated enforcement action violated section 3566 of the
Town bylaw which requires the Sign Officer to provide “(30) days of
written notice to remove”. The Bylaw further states “A sign or
structure removed by the Town shall be held for not less than thirty
(30) days by the Town during which period it may be recovered by the
owner “ FixCarver will seek to recover costs of the illegally removed
and destroyed signs.
did not remove directional signs for the Gail Nauen art studio which
were located on the same utility pole as the FIXCARVER.COM signs at
the intersection of Purchase and Main. When asked why Mendoza
contended that the Planning Board had issued permits for the signs.
Nice try Mike we have requested a copy of the
permit from the planning board. We don’t believe the board issued a
permit for signs on utility poles and trees in violation of bylaw
section 3535(a). When you go to enforce the law on Ms. Nauen be sure
to afford her the courtesy of a 30 day non-conforming sign notice
like you failed to do for us. Also be real careful when you remove
the sign from the utility pole as it is covered with hundreds of
nails from other signs whose owners never got fined either. We call
this the porcupine pole. See Photo.
As always we post the relevant
portions of the laws for our readers (and hopefully Mike Mendoza) to
and decide for themselves.
3566. Removal of Signs. Any
sign which has been ordered removed by the Sign
Officer, or which is abandoned or discontinued, shall be
removed by the person, firm, or corporation Responsible for
the sign within thirty (30)
days of written notice to remove. Any sign not removed
within the time limit shall
be deemed a public nuisance, and shall
be removed by the Town of Carver. The cost of said removal shall be
borne by the sign and/or property owner and may be recovered by the
Town, if necessary, in an action in the appropriate court. A sign
or structure removed by the Town shall be held for not less than
thirty (30) days by the Town during which period it may be recovered
by the owner upon payment to the Town of the cost of removal and
storage, and upon payment of any fine which may have been imposed.
If not recovered within said thirty (30) day period, the sign or
structure shall be deemed abandoned and title thereto shall be
vested in the Town for disposal in any manner permitted by law.
By Bobbi Sistrunk
Fri Feb 22, 2008,
10:50 AM EST