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Community event flags get OK to fly for second week

Banners that fly over South Pleasant Street next to the Town Common to promote community events will be allowed to stay up for more than just one week.

At the request of Town Manager John Musante, the Select Board recently adopted a new regulation that allows these 25- to 30-foot-long banners to fly for a second week if no other nonprofit group has made a reservation.

Musante said groups which have requested extensions have been denied since there was no provision in the banner permit regulations to grant them. He said changing the regulation makes sense.

The banners, which must be made of nylon fabric, are put up each week by the DPW. Reservations are made at the start of the new year, with a flurry of requests expected to be made beginning Jan. 2 at 9 a.m.

The cost of installing the banners is $80 for seven calendar days and $60 for an additional week.

Musante said the banners are an important part of the downtown landscape. In 2004, the Select Board voted to prohibit them beginning in 2006, a decision made because some were controversial, but later rescinded its vote.

— SCOTT MERZBACH

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