The controversial temporary trailer sign outside the Broadway Deli in the Village of Lancaster has received a 60-day extension to keep the sign up until Jan. 21.
Deli owner Michelle Thuerck got her wish when she appeared before Acting Village Justice Daniel E. Rinow on Tuesday.
Her 4-foot-by-8-foot sign on wheels,which she says she bought for $3,500 about six years ago, has been a sticky issue since it violates village sign regulations and is at odds with state Historic Preservation Office guidelines for the village’s central historic business district.
Village Code Enforcement Officer Ryan McNichol this week said the judge gave the deli 60 days to remove the sign, which originally was to have been removed by the end of last January. He had cited the deli twice and said he’d been ignored, so the matter was forwarded to the court.
The village has found itself in a hypocritical position since about a year ago when it asked Thuerck to bring the sign out to be used to help advertise the community’s Christmasville and other special village events. Then Thuerck, who said she relies on her sign to help drive business for her deli across from the village Municipal Building, kept the sign out for nearly an additional year.
“I’m definitely going to play by the rules,” Thuerck said in an interview this week. “Whatever they tell me to do at court, I’ll do.”
Despite what her critics have said about her seeming to just keep the sign up, while knowing it’s out of compliance, Thuerck said: “I’m not about breaking the law. It’s not about me feeling I’m above the law. It’s more about, ‘Why can’t I have my sign?’”
In the meantime, Thuerck said she has proposed a compromise sign to be incorporated into a fence adjacent to her property. Her proposal is being reviewed by the village’s Historic Preservation Commission and may be discussed further in mid-December, when the commission meets again.
“It certainly is moving in the right direction,” Commission Chairman Michael Meyer said of the latest sign proposal. “It would be compatible, instead of that big plastic sign. It’s just not appropriate for the district.”
Also this week:
• The village’s Christmasville celebration kicks off at 5 p.m. Saturday, with a main event on Central Avenue showcased by the annual Fire Truck Parade, beginning at the high school and proceeding down Central Avenue and ending at Broadway. Immediately following the parade, Santa will “light up” Lancaster, with a tree lighting at Broadway and Central. Several of the village’s holiday decorations already are in place and ready to be lit.
Christmasville runs from Nov. 30 to Jan. 1 along Central Avenue between Broadway and Pleasant Avenue. Santa appearances in the village are planned for Bloomsbury Lane Toy Shoppe from 5 to 8 p.m. Dec. 6; at Petals to Please from 1:30 p.m. To 4 p.m. Dec. 7; and at Mimi’s Cafe from 11 a.m. To 1 p.m. Dec. 14 and 15.
• The Lancaster Village Board meets at 6 p.m. Monday in a work session, followed by a 7 p.m. Regular business session in the Lancaster Municipal Building, 5423 Broadway.