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Merrimack Valley

April 26, 2014

Smashed windshield latest black eye for banners

Damage results in removal of downtown sign

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Spencer, a former member of the Andover Business Community Association, worked for nearly a decade to get the OK to hang banners over Main Street.

Similar banners are hung in countless cities and towns all over the world.

But he ran into fierce opposition from various town officials who put up roadblock after roadblock in an attempt to stop the banners from ever hanging in Andover.

Eventually, however, he prevailed when Town Meeting last year approved an elaborate banner bylaw that included the size and manner of any banner that could be hung over Main Street, or anywhere else in town for that matter.

The owner of property on either side of Main Street then agreed to allow his buildings to be used to anchor each end of the banner, which led to the town’s first such outdoor advertising to be displayed last fall.

It is unclear what the next step is for a downtown banner.

Spencer refused further comment.

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