Even so, Councilor Dave Gamache, the lone vote in favor of allowing the pole, believes the council decision was, at best, a waste of time.
“We’ll probably have it handed back to us by the judge. ... They [the councilors] disregarded his opinion and told the judge to go pound sand.”
Showing disrespect for the judge’s decision does not bode well, Gamache indicated. Nor does he believe this will take very long.
“We know it’s going to come back real fast,” he said.
But Gravel said the judge’s original decision “usurped the council.” This time, he hopes the judge will appreciate the reasons presented for turning down the sign, including the fact it does not fit into the neighborhood and that there are better uses for the property. In any case, he does not believe the judge’s next ruling can be predicted, making all this worth the effort.
“No matter what, I think they should take down the sign.” Gravel said. He wondered why it hadn’t been taken down already (no advertisements have been allowed on it), given that neither the judge nor the council has approved its current location.
Simply moving the pole will cost the company $250,000, according to Total Outdoor lawyers.
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