[HISTORY: Adopted by the Special Town Meeting of the Town of Alfred 6-12-1985 by Art. 9. Amendments noted where applicable.]
The purpose of this chapter is to regulate the location of official business directional signs more stringently than the state law, 23 M.R.S.A. §§ 1901 through 1905.
These regulations are intended to enable the Town of Alfred to preserve the aesthetic quality of the Center Village by prohibiting off-premises directional signs, to preserve the rural character and scenic beauty of the rest of the Town by keeping the number of signs to a minimum and to prevent roadside signs from distracting drivers and thereby creating potentially hazardous conditions near intensively used intersections in the Town by keeping the number of signs to a minimum. Since the state provides directional signs to other municipalities, the traveling public can follow those signs to locate businesses, facilities and points of interest in those municipalities. The signs permitted by this chapter are intended to be used to direct delivery trucks and out-of-town travelers, not to advertise businesses.
As used in this chapter, the following terms shall have the meanings indicated:
- OFFICIAL BUSINESS DIRECTIONAL SIGN (OBDS)
- A sign erected and maintained in accordance with the Maine Traveler Information Services Act and this chapter to indicate to the traveling public the route and distance to public accommodations, facilities, commercial services for the traveling public and points of scenic, historical, cultural, recreational, educational and religious interest.
- PUBLIC WAY
- Any road capable of carrying motor vehicles, including but not limited to any highway, municipal road, county road or other road dedicated to the public.
Location. OBDS signs shall be located within the public way right-of-way on approaches to intersections where travelers must change direction from one public way to another to reach a business, service or point of interest. A business, service, facility or point of interest shall not be permitted more than one sign at any one intersection approach. Each place of business service or point of interest shall be eligible for a maximum of three directional signs within the Town. To qualify for an official business directional sign, the business, service or point of interest must be located within the Town of Alfred. Businesses or services not located in Alfred shall not be allowed to place OBDS signs in Alfred. No directional sign, however, may be located within a right-of-way which abuts property located in the Center Village Zone of Alfred, except in the right-of-way along Route 111.
Compliance with Maine Department of Transportation regulations. OBDS signs must comply with the regulations of the Maine Department of Transportation for official business directional signs, except where these provisions are more stringent.
Size. The size of each signboard may not exceed one by four feet.
Installation and removal. The Maine Department of Transportation is responsible for installation and removal of OBDS signs.
Business establishments undertaken and permitted as home occupations shall not be permitted directional signs.
All signs which do not conform to this chapter shall be removed by December 31, 1986. If the owner fails to remove the sign as required, he shall be considered in violation of this chapter.
The applicant for one or more OBDS signs shall submit the application to Alfred's Code Enforcement Officer (CEO) on the state's form.
The CEO shall decide whether the application meets the requirements of this chapter. If it does, the CEO shall so certify and shall note on the application that the OBDS signs(s) may not exceed one by four feet.
Any directional sign erected or existing in violation of this chapter is a nuisance and shall be abated by the Superior Court at the request of the Town.
Whoever violates this chapter shall be punished by a fine of not less than $25, together with the cost of removal of the signs. Each day the violation continues shall be deemed a separate offense.
In addition to other penalties, the Town may institute any appropriate action, injunction or other proceedings to enforce this chapter.
This chapter shall become effective upon enactment.
This chapter may be amended by vote of the legislative body.