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Montclair, NJ Debates Contractor Signs

The Montclair, New Jersey township council held a community meeting in mid-September to debate the merits of an ordinance to ban contractor signs that dot residential properties undergoing work. The Star-Ledger of Essex County reported that some residents found the signs unsightly and considered them "billboards for contractors"; others felt it was an inconsequential concern. Contractors, for their part, said the signs showed pride in their work, a kind of oversized business card. Contractors also felt the signs helped homeowners looking for reputable contractors.

After hearing testimony from the contractor community and others, the council unanimously rejected the ordinance. It was agreed, however, that the signs be set back at least 10 feet from the property line, not be larger that six square feet, and be removed when the work was completed.

Mayor Ed Remsen said he expected the contractors to honor the sign requirements.


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