Massena village changes laws governing sign placement, parking, abandoned vehicle storage
Wednesday, February 21, 2018 - 2:44 pm


MASSENA -- The village board on Tuesday amended three local laws governing placement of business signage, abandoned vehicle storage and parking.

All passed by unanimous vote.

The signage amendment would prohibit for-profit businesses from advertising in village rights of way without a permit, which must be issued by the Planning Commission.

Not-for-profits will be allowed to place signs for three days, with code officer approval.

Mayor Tim Currier said this is mostly aimed at small signs placed in village rights of way.

“There are a couple or three stores that do it habitually,” he said. “We’re trying to get them to stop.”

A second code provision that passed bans abandoned vehicles and recreational vehicles in residential yards and parking spaces. That includes snowmobiles, boats, trailers, campers and others, the resolution says.

Trustee Tim Ahlfeld, who ultimately voted for the code amendment, questioned how they were defining “abandoned,” since the change doesn’t spell it out.

“We start out with registration. If it’s unregisted,” Fire department Foreman Aaron Hardy said.

“It would be unused,” Deputy Mayor Matt Lebire chimed in.

“Yes,” Hardy replied.

The final code change outlines how many parking spaces can be included at residences and various types of businesses. It passed with no public comment.