Word On The Street

Word on the street — literally — is that tomorrow afternoon the Board of Selectmen votes on a proposal to charge organizations for stringing publicity banners across Main Street.

The small-town, homey banners provide valuable information on upcoming events — and they’ve done so in an eye-catching, relatively unobtrusive way for years.

The bottom line is, of course, to add to the town’s bottom line.

But at what cost to hard-working, understaffed and underfunded groups and charities that need all the publicity they can get?

One of the many events that depends on Main Street publicity.

14 responses to “Word On The Street

  1. How about charging any car parked on Main street, with a political bumper sticker? Or any Girl Scout with a t-shirt reading, “Buy Our Cookies”

  2. The Dude Abides

    Penny wise, pound foolish.

  3. I see your point, but are you surprised by this new tax, AKA usage fee? Remember the sewer fees fiasco? This is small potatoes compared to that, or the next reval. Never a thought of controlling spending. If it moves tax it, if it doesn’t subsidize it. But heck, we don’t have no stinkin’ plastic bags. LOL

    • “If it moves, tax it. If it keeps moving, regulate it. And if it stops moving, subsidize it”.
      Ronald Reagan
      Just one of many of his great quotes

  4. The Dude Abides

    Along with his best: “Let’s win one for the Gipper.”

  5. The Dude Abides

    “By Golly, I ‘m the richest man in six counties.” My second fav.

    • I may have misjudged you Dude. How about this one:
      “9 dollars and 40 cents? Thats an outrage! If I were you I wouldn’t pay it!”

  6. The Dude Abides

    “All great change happens at the dinner table.”

  7. It’s not only a fee for the banner that is stretched across Main Street, there is also a $150 fee for “use” of Town Property. There is already a refundable $1,000 bond that is paid by organizations, which seems fair. That means that, for instance, Sunrise Rotarians will have to sell 150 additional Duck Race tickets just to pay for the fees. The money raised from this event, and other town events run by non-profits including The Historical Society’s house and garden tours, the Garden Club Plant Sale, the Library Book Sale, The Westport Woman’s CLub Yankee Doodle Fair,the WYWL Minute-Man race, …the list goes on and on, provide needed services in our community . These fees will place an unfair burden on non-profits and the volunteers that work to make our community a better place. It is unfair and should not be adopted by the Board of Selectmen. I will be there today to say this. Join me if you agree.

  8. Right now, out of town events are not permitted to use banners across Main Street. How about charging out of town non-profit organizations – might make everybody happy – or not….

  9. Larry Perlstein

    How about charging all the commercial businesses (not non-profits or politicians) who litter every intersection throughout town with lawn signs? They are billboards on a smaller scale, but just as unsightly. I’d like to see them all go away. The other day, I drove past the island at the intersection of Easton Road and Weston Road and it had just been mowed and replanted, and there were no lawn signs — I almost cried at how nice it looked. (well not really but you get my point.)

    • The Dude Abides

      I do believe there is an ordinance against such signs but obviously,
      not enforced. I always get unnerved (not to the point of tears however) at election time when our alleged public servants break the law in order to obtain our votes. I always keep a close ledger and vote against the the person who violates such laws the most. Sort of getting back at the Man if you know what I mean?

  10. I sing with the Fairfield County Chorale, a local non-profit. Many of our singers, as well as much of our audience, hail from Westport. For years, we strung a banner over Main Street announcing our concerts. In recent years, however, we have been prohibited from doing so because we’re “not a Westport business”. (We rehearse and perform at the Norwalk Concert Hall.) I’m sure we could find money some in our budget to pay for a banner in Westport, if we were once again permitted to hang one.