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If Signs Are Banned From the Car Barn Lot, Should They Go Somewhere Else?

The Wenham Historic District Commission has recommended that signs be banned from the car barn lot in the center of town once it becomes home to the War Memorial.

The Wenham Historic District Commission .

Some committee members suggested that signs be banned now, while they all agreed that the "sandwich board" signs that are there now should not be allowed .

The car barn lot is located in the center of town, at the intersection of Arbor and Main streets.

When the signs are banned, should that be the end of the signs along the road? Or is there somewhere else the signs should go? Let us know in the comments section below. Or vote in our poll.

Some committee members suggetsed that essential town messages, such as the water ban, is well publicized through a townwide Connect-CTY phone call. And others said that website listings can help get out the word on other items.

This week, in addition to the water ban sign, there was a sign advertising the Sunday concerts at and sign-ups for a youth flag football league.

Jack Hauck August 04, 2012 at 01:08 PM
Is this a town matter? Are the signs on town or state property? Isn't Main Street a state road?
Michelle Bailey August 04, 2012 at 02:06 PM
Did you see the sign for Kite Day - August 11 at Birch Plains Park on 97 at the Wenham/Beverly Line in the picture? Sponsored by the Wenham Friends of the COA and HW Rec Dept. Great fun for everyone! Our community is full of interesting and diverse activities as shown by the signs. Get out and enjoy!
HOWARD MORONG August 04, 2012 at 03:42 PM
i believe the sidewalk is state property but you can't block the sisewalk with signs. Howard Morong
Karen August 04, 2012 at 04:15 PM
I look at the signs as a distraction at an already very congested intersection. Reading the signs while driving is really the same as texting. With a traffic light, two crosswalks and the intersection seems to me that there is enough to pay attention to already.
Nancy August 04, 2012 at 05:44 PM
Signs should be there--maybe Town Hall lawn?? Not everyone has internet or are from Wenham to get the reverse 911s, or even local papers. People driving thru town stop if they see something that interests them advertised. Don't take them away totally.
Jack Hauck August 04, 2012 at 05:56 PM
If the signs are on state property, has the state approved their placement? If the signs are on state property, shouldn't objections be directed to state, not the town?
Michelle Bailey August 04, 2012 at 07:14 PM
The signs never block the sidewalk. They are on the burm between the road and the sidewalk.
Mary August 04, 2012 at 07:25 PM
Thesigns are on a strip of grass between the road and the sidewalk. This is hardly The Car Barn Lot". I do not see them as disrespectful to the memorial or distracting to drivers. They reflect the essence of the small town we embrace...HW Little League, Summer Concerts offered by the HWCommunity House, Town Water bans. Leave them be.
Rich August 04, 2012 at 07:56 PM
talk about a stack deck, I wouldn't vote for any of those suggestions....i don't mind the signs, would like to know what town big shot, gets to tell the united way - you can't put your sign in our town....
Tracey August 05, 2012 at 03:59 AM
Although I've only lived in Wenham for 14 years, It seems signs have always bnevertheless this location and I never had an accident, felt distracted, or disrespected. In fact many have alerted me to such important things as voting, registrations, community events and the fact that we have a caring, cohesive, active community. While I'm all for respecting the new memorial I feel that it is imperative that we keep the signs or find an equally quaint way to present the information on the road, especially for those of us who spend much of our days on the road versus behind the newspaper or computer.
Michelle Bailey August 05, 2012 at 04:19 AM
Reverse 911 should be used for town purposes only...not to get out the word on every non-profit sponsored event. The signs serve a purpose that can not be replaced by technology. Plus, it shows we are an active vibrant community. If we don't confine them to the Car Barn or alternative location, you'll find them all over town like they do in Hamilton...signs at the ECO, Meeting House, Community House Winthrop School and Patton Park all this week.
Concerned August 05, 2012 at 04:23 AM
Mary, don't forget about the brand new (and pictured sign above) New England Flag Football League starting in Hamilton this September. Very exciting stuff.
chris a August 05, 2012 at 04:10 PM
this has nothing to do wit signs but i'm curious as to how much free compost we can get from the highway garage i had seen in the paper 3by 3 by 3 ft then i went there and there was a sign saying one five gallon bucket have we been misled again ?i thought once we changed to organic composting we were allowed quite a bit more and why doesn't hamilton bother dispensing to their townspeople on their time
Robert Gates (Editor) August 05, 2012 at 09:18 PM
Here's a recent story about the changes to the compost pickup: http://patch.com/A-wwty Hopefully that answers your questions.
Sue Killam August 10, 2012 at 02:04 AM
I believe the State layout in that area goes to the pine trees at the car barn lot. Thereshould be a bound mark at the side of First Church. People driving through the center of town should not be looking at signs advertising events, especially events happening outside of Wenham. I have seen many cars and other vehicles go right through the red pedestrian light because they Were not paying attention to the road. Downtown is way too cluttered with signs and it does take away from the appearance of our town, plus is a safety issue.. I have lived in Wenham for over 40 years and there have Not always been signs on the sidewalk area advertising events.

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