POLL: Do You Want To See Election Signs In Mahwah?
Decision on a proposed law banning temporary signs on Mahwah roads was postponed again this week
With Mahwah’s election filing deadline passing this week, campaign season is officially underway.
The town council Thursday again postponed a decision on a months-long debate on whether or not to allow temporary signs, like political campaign signs, in the public right-of-way.
The ongoing discussion about a proposed amendment to the current sign law came up as a reaction to the number of campaign signs lining the streets in last year’s election, and the anticipated number that would be put up this year from people running for local, county, state and national offices, township officials said.
Currently, signs are only allowed in the right-of-way with special permission from the township council. However, at Thursday’s meeting, council members emphasized that the law has not been enforced in the past, and questioned whether or not it would be fair to begin enforcing it now, with an election on he horizon.
The proposed amendment to the current law removes the power of the council to allow signs, and flat-out prohibits all temporary signs from public roadways.
The council has questioned the law, citing its impact on community groups and organizations that would no longer be able to place signs in the right-of-way if it were passed.
Council candidate Steve Sbarra said during a public portion of the meeting Thursday that he believes it’s too close to Election Day to make a decision on the proposed law now.
“Timing is critical, money is critical [and] signs need to be ordered,” he said. He asked the council to table a decision on the new law until after the election, coming from “the perspective of a candidate trying to put together a campaign and who, at this point, doesn’t know what’s allowed.”
Sbarra is one of five residents running for three seats on the township council this year, along with John Roth, Lisa DiGiulio, Jonathan Marcus and Todd VanDuren.
Since the amendment to the law was originally proposed as something that would ease the eyesore on residents driving up and down Macarthur Blvd. and other hotspot locations in town during the months leading up to the election, Patch wants to know how you feel about them. Do you want to see election signs on Mahwah roadways?