Future Of Sign At Westborough Rotary To Be Determined

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DPW workers taking down the Westborough sign in advance of Hurricane Sandy in October. Photo Credit: File photo

WESTBOROUGH, Mass. — The "temporary" sign at Westborough's rotary seems to have become permanent, said Selectmen George Barrette, and he said he would like to discuss it's removal. 

"I think we need a clearer policy on it," Barrette said. 

The sign is presently being used to display community messages, including warnings, local events and welcoming troops home.

After commenting on how the sign looks aesthetically, Board Chair Leigh Emery also questioned the safety of drivers in the rotary attempting to read the sign. 

The sign was purchased in 2012 through a U.S. Homeland Security Department grant, said Selectman Tim Dodd. A suggestion was made to look for another grant to buy a permanent sign that could be placed farther down East Main Street near the Westborough Senior Center.

The new location, along with how the town goes about choosing messages to display, were both discussed. 

"We definitely need to find a more permanent policy," Dodd said. 

The topic will be examined further by Barrette, and a proposal for the future of the sign will be discussed at a later meeting of the Board of Selectmen.

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Liberal:

Get rid of the sign and replace it with an advertising blimp, like Hood or MetLife has. You could fly it all over town so that everybody would know what’s going on. It’s not that good for “dangerous pothole” or “construction ahead” though.

Enough already:

These kinds of signs are meant to say things like "Dangerous pothole", "construction ahead", etc. Not to say when the town meeting is or that your dog license fees are due. And yes, they take some time to read and people shouldnt be texting (OR READING) as they drive through the rotary. And what percentage of residents even receive these messages? Not everybody regularly goes through the rotary. Maybe in 1876 they did.