DOVER-FOXCROFT, Maine — Selectmen voted Thursday during a special meeting to send proposed amendments to the town’s comprehensive plan and land use ordinance to voters on Nov. 2.
That move came after the planning board met briefly Thursday to discuss the proposed changes and then recommended they be moved forward to selectmen. Planning board members Fred Muehl and George Barton voted against sending a proposed change regarding electronic message display boards forward.
Rowell’s Garage approached selectmen in September for permission to install a sign with multicolored graphics of vehicles the business has for sale. The proposed sign, however, does not now fit the land use ordinance criteria.
At the request of town officials, attorney Erik Stumpfel of Sangerville reviewed the ordinance and recommended a change that would permit the planning board to adopt uniform regulations regarding graphic, pictorial or photographic images on electronic message display boards.
Barton said some board members felt that visually distracting signs do not support the concept of a New England village as outlined in the comprehensive plan.
But planning board member Tom Sands said Rowell’s Garage had been in business for more than 60 years and needs the town’s support.
“I think we want to try to do anything we can to keep our businesses here,” he said. He suggested that businesses be allowed some graphic displays, whether a car, a Christmas tree or a flag. “I think that just goes with the spirit of New England and the community.”