Bethlehem ZBA requests a demonstration of digital sign at A.W. Becker

The Bethlehem Zoning Board of Appeals is still considering the district’s request for a variance to allow the digital sign in front of A.W. Becker School, and has asked for the sign to be illuminated from 2 – 7 p.m., Sunday, Nov. 15 to see examples of its capabilities.

Board members will have the opportunity to drive past the sign to see it first-hand before their meeting on Dec. 2, when the district’s variance request is scheduled to be heard.

The sign was first illuminated in June. That same month, town officials ordered the sign to be turned off, asserting that it is in violation of town ordinances because of its potential illumination and moving text. They also contend that it is improperly located in a state right of way, and that the district failed to obtain a building permit prior to erecting the sign.

School officials believe the district is exempt from municipal ordinances, and that school construction is governed solely by New York State, which is consistent with information they have received from officials from the New York State Office of Facilities Planning.

RCS Superintendent Robert Libby appealed to the Zoning Board of Appeals on Oct. 21, asking for a postponement of the variance request in order to seek further information and guidance in hopes of resolving the matter.

The appeal is next on the agenda of the Bethlehem Zoning Board of Appeals meeting 7 p.m., Wednesday, Dec. 3, at the Bethlehem Town Hall.