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Letters July 8 - North Jersey

Letters July 8 - North Jersey

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Northern Valley: Letters July 8
Thursday, July 8, 2010
LAST UPDATED: THURSDAY JULY 8, 2010, 1:19 AM
NORTHERN VALLEY SUBURBANITE
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Sign inEnglewood Cliffsis 'win-win' As a member of the audience at the June 14Englewood CliffsMayor and Councilmeeting, I would like to commend Councilwoman Carrol McMorrow for putting agreat deal of effort into securing an LED sign for the Borough at no expense to theresidents. I would also like to commend Councilmen Robert Agresta, Eric Petrone,and Martin Asatrian, for supporting this action and voting to accept the grant fromMid-Bergen Regional Health and order the purchase of the sign.I also wish to acknowledge the good corporate citizenship exhibited by Lucky Goldstar of Englewood Cliffs, for sponsoring the balance needed to secure this sign.Having an informational sign in a permanent location is long overdue. Many othertowns have had them and many more are getting them, towns such asTenafly ,Englewood, Woodcliff Lake,Emerson,Rivervale, andHillsdalejust to name a few. Recent storms have shown that emergency phone notification from the Borough didnot work. It was said at the meeting that a reverse-call had been sent out" Not ToDrink The Water" to residents. I did not receive the call, as many of my neighborsdid not as well. We did not have phone service for two weeks. We did not haveelectricity for five days, therefore were unable to use our computers to receive any messages or updates from the Borough. If the Borough had a sign of this type, allresidents would have been updated for all current information, such as not to drink the water.I spoke in favor of the LED sign at the council meeting as did numerous othermembers of the audience. About 90 percent of those in attendance had seen thetemporary sign during the proceeding week and were in favor of the concept.Many commercial property signs throughout the Borough have been approved thatare brighter and much larger and provide no benefit to the residents.This is a win – win situation for the borough and residents.Mary O'SheaEnglewood CliffsNew sign in Cliffs doesn't make senseto the editor:Before erecting an LED sign inEnglewood Cliffsit is important to understand why there is a sign ordinance in our borough. It was determined that without rules andregulations concerning signs,EnglewoodCliffs could become overcome withunsightly and garish structures anywhere and everywhere in town. In order tosafeguard against the overuse signs, a sign and especially a lighted sign, which doesnot meet the ordinance cannot be erected without approval by the Board of  Adjustment.Englewood Cliffsis a mostly residential borough. The commercial area is restricted.Because of the way the Borough is structured, it is possible to travel anywhere one wishes to go without traveling into the small commercial area. There is no centralarea where a specific sign can be seen by everyone in town. Over the years we have
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Northern Valley: Letters July 8 - NorthJersey.comhttp://www.northjersey.com/news/opinions/97999334_Northern_Valley...1 of 23/27/11 11:37 AM

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