Marlborough City Council to review LED sign proposal
By Joan F. Simoneau, Community Reporter
Marlborough – The Urban Affairs Committee of the City Council will review an LED (light emitting diode) signs and message board proposal, submitted by a special committee appointed by Mayor Arthur Vigeant. In presenting the proposal at the July 7 council meeting, Vigeant thanked former Mayor Nancy Stevens, Councilor Joe Delano, Attorney Doug Rowe, Planning Board Chair Barbara Fenby and local merchant Walter Enright for their participation.
The proposal includes regulations in permitting signage in all zoning districts except residential areas and the Downtown Business District as outlined. Standards for Electronic Message Center (EMC) signs and digital display signs are listed and include design, brightness and color.
When the matter was brought before the City Council last September, Council President Trish Pope said she found LED signs offensive and distracting. Pope and Delano asked for a moratorium on LED signs to allow for the review and eventual action, which was approved by the council.
In other business, appointments to city boards and commissions were presented by the mayor for approval. They include: Anthony Arruda and Ellen Silverstein to the Board of Assessors for three years; and reappointments of Robert Kays, Dennis Zilembo, Thomas Evangelous and Brenda Calder to the Recreation Commission. They will be reviewed by the Personnel Committee.
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