[HISTORY: Adopted by the Board of Trustees of the Village of New Hempstead 5-17-1984 by L.L. No. 14-1984. Amendments noted where applicable.]
[Amended at time of adoption of Code (see Ch. 1, General Provisions, Art. I)]
The Board of Trustees of the Village of New Hempstead finds and declares it to be the public policy of the Village to prohibit the posting and display of signs on public property in order to protect the public health, comfort and welfare of the residents of the Village and to prevent the physical appearance of the Village from becoming aesthetically offensive.
For the purpose of this chapter, the following terms, phrases, words and their derivations shall have the meanings given herein:
- Any individual, firm, partnership, association, corporation, company or organization of any kind.
- PUBLIC PROPERTY
- All publicly owned property, including highways, streets, sidewalks, rights-of-way, easements, public grounds, parks, school property or any other public property, posts, hydrants, trees, street lamps, utility poles or traffic signs situated on public property and anything affixed thereto and thereover.
- Any bill, poster, placard, announcement, handbill, flyer, painting, drawing, structure or other similar configuration or object in any form whatsoever, or any part thereof, which contains printed or written matter in words, symbols or pictures or in any combination thereof. The term "sign" does not include the flag, pennant or insignia of any nation, group of nations or of any governmental agency or of any educational, charitable, philanthropic, civic, professional, religious or like campaign, drive, movement or event.
The word "shall" is always mandatory and not merely directory.
[Amended 5-22-2017 by L.L. No. 2-2017; at time of adoption of Code (see Ch. 1, General Provisions, Art. I)]
It shall be unlawful for any person to post or display any sign on or over any public property in the Village of New Hempstead.
This chapter shall not apply to:
Signs posted or erected pursuant to and in the discharge of any governmental function or required by any law, ordinance or governmental regulation.
Temporary signs for garage sales to be held in the Village of New Hempstead, provided that such signs contain only the address of the seller and the date of the sale, are displayed only two days prior to the sale and are removed two days after the sale.
Any person who shall refuse or neglect to comply with any section or provision of this chapter shall be guilty of a violation. Each and every violation of this chapter shall be punishable by a fine not to exceed $500 or a sentence of imprisonment not to exceed 15 days, or both. Each day's continued violation shall constitute a separate violation.
In addition to all other remedies provided for herein, the Board of Trustees may also enforce obedience to this chapter by injunction or by any other remedy available to it by virtue of the judicial process.