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Breakin my mind: Signs, signs everywhere, but within reason

More than 100 political signs outside of Town Hall

Campaign signs at Town Hall in 2016

Oct. 13. By ​Dave Vieser​. As political campaign signs sprout up throughout the town, Cornelius officials moved closer Monday evening to changing the town’s sign law to match state ordinances. The Planning Board gave a unanimous stamp of approval to several modifications, sending them to the Town Board for final approval.

There are several elements to the changes:

—No sign shall be closer than three feet from the edge of the pavement of the road.

—Any political sign remaining in the right-of-way of the State or town highway system more than 30 days after Election Day may be removed by anyone without penalty.

—No sign shall obscure motorist visibility at an intersection.

The changes have already received the blessing of the town’s Land Development Code Advisory Board.

One-stop voting begins Oct. 15

Pursuant to state and town law, campaign signs may be erected 30 days prior to the start of one stop voting, which this year is Oct. 15. Many signs went up on September on 15, while others emerged over the past weekend. The local GOP is sponsoring a political sign distribution this week so expect even more signs along the towns roadways.

Also at Monday’s meeting:

—​N​ominated Keith Eicher as Chairman and Lee Peterson as Vice Chairman of the board for additonal one year terrns, subject to final ratification by the Town Board.

—​U​nanimously recommended to the Town Board a rezoning change which will permit the construction of the Cain Arts Center. The rezoning, if approved by the Town Board, changes the land on Catawba Avenue from Town Center Zoning to Conditional Zoning to permit construction of a 30,000 square foot, performing and visual arts center with a 400-seat theatre.

—Tabled a request until November 9 for permission to erect a 199 foot cell phone tower near Jetton Road west of West Catawba Avene. The planning board members are requesting additional information from the applicant, Peak Net, of St. Petersburg Florida, which is seeking the new higher tower on behalf of Verizon and AT&T.