Ok, so Mayor Flanagan is getting involved in the affairs of the Zoning Board, which he defends as part of his pro-business stance and common sense approach. Now I just commented a bit about this in my last post, but that was due to the Mayor's belief that the board members he appoints should be on the same page with him, but there is something else about this that is troubling.
The whole issue stems for a neon sign, which apparently Robert Messier of Messier Motors wants to keep lit, on a lot he rents on Pleasant Street, 24 hours a day. Back in January the ZBA voted 4-1 to deny a variance to allow that. Mr. Messier says the sign is very important for advertising and Mayor Flanagan says not having the sign, "It potentially could put him out of business".
Mayor Flanagan says this is him just being pro-business. He says that we have to do everything we can to support the business community.
What I find puzzling here is why the Mayor is personally getting involved. The lot in question is an unmanned car lot. It's not like we're talking about a dealership with a dozen or so jobs involved. Mr. Messier is basically putting cars on a lot and if you're interested you give him a call. I'm not saying this makes him or his concerns less important but it does puzzle me why it would warrant the direct involvement of the Mayor.
Hey, if Mr. Messier feels he needs this sign and he can enlist the help of the Mayor, good for him. However a few months back I stopped at his lot when something caught my eye and after a quick look hoped in my car and drove away. It's not that I wasn't interested; it was that I couldn't be bothered to have to make a phone call and set up an appointment. I would imagine lots of people feel the same way and a sign isn't going to change that.