May 24, 2016 9:43 AM

A Peterborough couple wants to use old oil tank as community sign

PETERBOROUGH — An Old Dublin Road couple wants permission to keep using an old oil tank as a billboard for community events on Route 101.

The Union-Leader reported Sandy and Sally Eneguess received a letter threatening fines for violating the town sign ordinance. The sign currently reads “The Thing in the Spring June 9-12 Downtown.” They had until Friday to remove or hide the sign by rolling the tank. Instead, the couple decided to file for a variance with the town's zoning board.

Sandy and Sally Eneguess have owned the oil tank for about 35 years during which it has sat in an open field on Route 101 across from where Shaws and CVS plaza is located, Sally Eneguess told The Union-Leader.

Town code enforcement officer Dario Carrera said the sign is a violation because it is essentially the size of a billboard and community event signs can be put up two weeks prior to an event. This sign has been up for four weeks.

Sally Eneguess said the tank was first used in 2008 to support President Obama. Since then it it has been used on and off as a political sign, which is out of the jurisdiction of any town ordinance, Sally Eneguess said. “There’s no limitation under the state law for the size of a political sign,” she said.

However, in recent years it has been used at the request of various groups to promote community events such as The Thing in the Spring and The Wellness Festival.

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