After the threat of $1,000 daily fines for a banner, Kearny rethinks the code

KEARNY — The threat of a $1,000-a-day fine for a professionally-made banner announcing the arrival of the granddaughter of a longtime local businesswoman has now led city officials to change local rules.

Bernadette Antonelli previously said in a letter to the editor of The Observer that the notice she received from the local zoning official after hanging a ‘It’s a Girl’ banner outside her business was ” the most ridiculous thing I’ve ever heard of in my 36 years. years as a business and building owner.

Antonelli has owned and operated Arlington Tax and Bookkeeping Service in Kearny since 1985.

After hanging the banner once her grandson was born in late August, she was told the banner violated the “Town of Kearny Land Use Bylaw,” according to Antonelli’s November letter to The Observer.

“My property is immaculate and kept in pristine condition – and all this town cares about is that I didn’t pay a permit fee to hang a birth announcement banner. I hope someone will talk about it around town as to the absurdity of what happened to us,” Antonelli said in his letter to The Observer.

Kearny City Council recently introduced an amendment to the zoning code so that “a temporary banner in the business district may be displayed temporarily to announce a grand opening, sale, company anniversary or other corporate milestones.” celebration for a period not exceeding 30 days in any nine-month period.”

“The banner shall be limited to a size no greater than 15 square feet. A permit will not be required for such a temporary banner,” Kearny Councilor Susan McCurrie said as she read the proposed amended ordinance at the section “ Signs and Awnings,” about 49 minutes into the January 11 meeting.

“Glad to see Kearny City Council saw this banner issue as ridiculous as the rest of the businesses and residents. Thank you for your support,” Antonelli posted on his Facebook page Sunday.

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