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Lee To Return Confiscated Lawn Signs To Residents

A white woman holds a yellow sign protesting a landfill in a white walled room.
Josh Landes
Lee, Massachusetts resident Anne Langlais holds an example of a confiscated sign at Tuesday's select board meeting.

The town of Lee, Massachusetts has officially responded to residents angry over a municipal worker removing lawn signs from private property. 

At Tuesday’s select board meeting, aggrieved townsfolk expressed frustration with building commissioner BJ Church confiscating signs without warning

“The select board can put a stop to this charade right now with a vote," said President of the Lee Historical Society Bill Mathews. "Simply pass a vote finding that there have been misinterpretations of the bylaw that have led to overly zealous enforcement. We're sorry for any pain we have inflicted, and hope to make amends.”

The town has since posted the following statement to its website: “If you feel you were affected by the recent enforcement action regarding lawn signs, please contact or visit the building department to pick up your sign.  There will be no fees or penalties to retrieve your sign.”

Josh Landes has been WAMC's Berkshire Bureau Chief since February 2018, following stints at WBGO Newark and WFMU East Orange. A passionate advocate for Western Massachusetts, Landes was raised in Pittsfield and attended Hampshire College in Amherst, receiving his bachelor's in Ethnomusicology and Radio Production. His free time is spent with his cat Harry, experimental electronic music, and exploring the woods.
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