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September 27, 2013

Council votes billboard pause

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“What I’m asking you to do is essentially to improve the language,” he said.

In a new form, the wording would connect billboards to a loss of property values. It could also raise questions of public-safety costs.

But member Dave Gravel complained that he hadn’t gotten any early notice of this proposal.

“We didn’t receive anything ... not one piece of paper,” he said. The use of city land for billboards was a surprise, too.

Additionally, he decried the tendency to rush.

“The last time I voted on something I hadn’t seen — I have to look at it every time I go down Lowell Street.” He was referring to the Total Outdoor billboard that was erected in the wrong place.

The board voted to delay a decision on the proposed change in language.

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