Originally published in The Weekly Packet, April 3, 2014
Blue Hill selectmen consider ban on all signs in roundabout, triangle
Public hearing April 11
The Board of Selectmen in Blue Hill, Maine are debating limits on signage on the roundabout on Tenney Hill.
by Faith DeAmbrose
The traffic circle and the “triangle” at the junction of Main and Water streets could be off limits to sign placement if the board of selectmen has its way. The reason for the prohibition, they say, is safety. Residents will have their chance to speak to the issue at an April 11 public hearing.
An amendment proposed to the town’s traffic ordinance would keep all signs, such as political and event signs, from those areas.
The amendment defines signs as “any sign, signal, marking, display, device, figure, painting, drawing, placard, poster, billboard, or other visual apparatus or thing.”
Specifically, signs would be restricted from placement at the roundabout, “at the intersection of Beech Hill Road, Tenney Hill, South Street and Mines Road; and includes the traffic circle and the area of the four mentioned roadways begins at the aluminum light poles on each road and continues through the circumference of the traffic circle.”
Also proposed as a restricted area is the “traffic triangle directly across from the town hall that splits the access to Water Street, Fire Station, Blue Hill Memorial Hospital and the town park.”
The town’s Traffic Ordinance, according to state statute (Title 30-A, §3009), falls under the direct authority of the board of selectmen. Changes to the traffic ordinance do not require a town meeting approval, but before the selectmen can vote to make a change to the ordinance a public hearing must be called.
The public hearing will take place during the board’s regular Friday meeting at 1:15 p.m. The selectmen will take the comments under advisement and vote on the amendment at their April 18 meeting.