Board encounters sign controversy

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LIVERMORE FALLS – Selectmen approved a request to supply up to $100 for paint so that a Livermore Falls artist can paint the “Welcome to Livermore Falls” sign on Bridge Street at the gateway to town.

Heidi Wilde told selectmen she was donating her time on behalf of the Livermore Falls Betterment Group to repaint the sign.

The sign, along with several smaller signs, was made and put up in the early 1990s at the entrance to town near the town lines of Wayne, Leeds, Jay, Livermore and Fayette.

The signs were paid for out of grant money.

The paint on the entrance sign on the bridge has deteriorated and needs to be redone, Wilde said.

She said she expects the paint to cost less than $100.

She said a sign depicting a fisherman with the words “Catch Ya Later” on the back of the welcome sign is also deteriorating.

“In my humble opinion the town would be better served by taking down the sign, even if there is nothing to replace it, because of the wear and tear” it is showing, Wilde said.

The sign, which was painted by Livermore Falls Middle School students in the early 1990s, has chipped bottom corners among other signs of deterioration.

After Wilde left, resident Cora Briggs said her feelings were hurt that the sign did not fit into the new Livermore Falls because she had helped get the sign for the town.

She said she asked that the sign, along with at another reading “Ski Ya Later,” be made and donated.

Chairwoman Julie Deschesnes said it wasn’t that the sign didn’t fit in, she said it was the state of disrepair of the sign that prompted the suggestion it be taken down.

Briggs said if the sign is to be taken down and thrown out, she would like to have it.

She also said selectmen should check with the sign company in Belgrade to see if Wilde could repaint the sign because she said it was copyrighted.

Town Manager Martin Puckett said he would check to see if the sign could be repainted.

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