Letter to the Editor: Woodbury Was the Envy Of Other Towns

Residents who violate the town's zoning regulations on signage threaten the town's rural character, these two residents contend.


To the Editor:

We have lived in Woodbury over 60 years. When we moved to Woodbury, it had charm, historic character and beauty. It was apparent that residents loved Woodbury and maintained their property.

And, if someone ignored the zoning or historic district sign regulations, once notified, the resident complied, out of respect for fellow residents, the beauty of Woodbury and the Town regulations. There was a common understanding that we all wanted to maintain this beautiful town and its historic character. We were the envy of surrounding towns.

It is sad, then, when several years ago, some residents started to push the boundaries by displaying political signs in the historic district that violated the zoning and historic district regulations.

Additionally, when there were complaints lodged with the regarding the violation of sign regulations, the issue of "freedom of speech" was used as a reason not to follow the sign regulations.

No zoning or historic district regulation has restricted one's right to "freedom of speech," only the aggregate size of the sign or signs (12 square feet). Since then, we have seen a blatant disrespect for Woodbury and the political sign regulations by conspicuously displaying signs that exceed 12 square feet in total.

What's the solution?

Should we cave in and remove the town's political sign regulation(s)? If we did, what is to prevent the display of even larger and "in your face" political signs? Or even worse, signs accompanied by balloons, illumination, sound, etc.? Let's be sensible. Keep and enforce the present political sign regulation(s).

Now is the time for residents to care and speak out, insisting that the political sign regulations be kept and enforced. Whether you write a letter, speak to a zoning/historic district commission member or attend the . Let your wishes be known!

Norman and Adele Taylor

Sean M September 03, 2012 at 04:24 PM
I have stated over and over again that illuminated signs are already prohibited under the regulations. Why is it that not one of these Democrats can read either what I write, what the town attorney writes, or even look up the regulations on the Woodbury website? They say the same talking points over and over again. What should the Zoning Commission do when it is told that the regulation is unconstitutional as it is, which is what enforcement would be done under? What should the Zoning Commission do when the town attorney advises to get rid of these restrictions on political signs? Ignore them? Elected officials have to account for the rule of law, the rights of everyone involved, and represent the financial interests of the town. They do not have the right to substitute their wants and desires for the rule of law. That has not stopped Martin Overton before. It is disgusting the way Adele and her Democrat buddies are behaving on this. They lie and misrepresent the truth, do not do their homework, talk about things for which they have no knowledge on, and waste the town's time and money.
catherine September 03, 2012 at 08:17 PM
Is there anyone who can provide worthwhile employment for someone who is computer literate, has admirable spelling abilities, tremendous tenacity and plenty of available time ?
Voice of Reason September 03, 2012 at 10:04 PM
Sean Murphy. I do believe you have another "Fan". Lol. To the Taylors. Surely these large signs can't be new to you if you've lived in Woodbury for 60 years. In talking to various folks around town I've so far managed to trace the larger Political signs back to the 70's when Larry Pond put them up. As far as I've know there has never been an issue until Mr. Arras erected his sign of protest of elected official Martin Overton.
tom arras September 04, 2012 at 11:56 PM
I'd just love to hear the Taylor's reasons for not complaining about Martin Overton's signage exceeding the limits when he made his failed bid for selectman. And of course there were other Democrat displays exceeding the illegal regulation, but the Taylors missed those, too. I guess those Taylors have missed many, many larger signs through the years, but somehow this one has got their goat. "Overturn Overton" wouldn't even still be up if it weren't for the likes of the Taylors and Martin Overton trying to force their way on others in an unfair & unacceptable manner. What liberties do they wish to remove next? The Taylors, along with Martin Overton & Richard Snider can go pound sand on this issue! Martin is a hypocrite on the sign issue, and he really should resign as he's an embarrassment to the Town.
Sean M September 06, 2012 at 01:49 PM
Here is the letter I put together on political signs. Not one of the Democrat snipers have said a word on this. I wonder why? http://woodbury-middlebury.patch.com/articles/letter-to-the-editor-resident-shares-political-sign-update


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