Hanover sets hearing to change sign law

HANOVER – The Hanover Town Board is looking to bring its sign law into the 21st century.

At the town board’s recent meeting the board set a public hearing for April 22 in order to change the law.

Hanover Supervisor Todd Johnson explained after a local business owner asked the board about its law not allowing flashing signs, he did some research.

That resident brought the board information on laws on signs from Cheektowaga and Amherst, but Johnson also looked into the laws in Dunkirk and Fredonia.

“This change is addressing LED message signs. Currently our law states there should be no flashing signs,” he said.

“This would mostly apply to the Route 5/20 zoning district. We want to allow some 21st century signage which our law now prohibits,” Johnson added.

He said the changes are based off of New York State Department of Transportation guidelines for how fast messages can change and the height.

The public hearing will be held at the board’s next regular meeting April 22 at 7:30 p.m.

Councilman Fritz Seegert also reported the talks with the Chautauqua County Sheriff’s Office for police coverage went well. He said the town is looking into a three-year contract.

“We want to get this done ahead of time, we don’t want it to come down to the wire. I think a three-year contract is best for budgeting purposes,” Seegert said.

He said the town and sheriff’s office are working to keep costs down.

“They have done their best and will continue to do their best to keep costs down. They gave us options for coverage so we have choices,” he added.

The town also authorized payment to senior groups as follows: Silver Creek Senior Citizens $800, Mt. Carmel Senior Citizens $600 and Forestville Senior Citizens $600.

The town amended its fringe benefits policy to include reimbursement for CDL licenses for highway motor equipment operators and requited that all MEOs have a CDL license.