Electronic billboard proposal in Pittsfield put on hold


PITTSFIELD -- A proposal for an electronic billboard on East Street has been put off for now.

At Thursday's Community Development Board meeting, a representative of Lamar Advertising said the company needed more time because the engineer who prepares site plans for the company recently passed away.

Lamar, based in Albany, N.Y., is seeking to install a billboard with rotating, electronically controlled images at 502 East St. The sign would be 11 feet by 23 feet -- the same size as other Lamar billboards in the county and similar to existing electronic signs the company operates in the Albany area.

Numerous residents and business owners voiced concern about the proposed location of the sign, which is just past the busy Elm Street intersection.

Board members sent the company back to the drawing board after it presented site plans at a meeting in March. City Planner C.J. Hoss said he does not believe the essentials of the proposal have changed.

Deliberation of Lamar's proposal was rescheduled to the board's May 6 meeting.

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