Selectmen review Sherman Green banners policy
Updated 10:16 pm, Wednesday, October 5, 2011
A long-standing Fairfield tradition is being scrutinized by the Board of Selectmen.
The meeting starts at 4:30 p.m. in Sullivan-Independence Hall, and is also scheduled to include a review of the independent counsel's report on the Fairfield Metro railroad station project.
The space has for years been used to advertise events sponsored by the town, civic organizations and non-profit groups. But in July, Walsh said there was a banner that appeared to be advertising a nursery school that he did not feel was appropriate.
Selectman Sherri Steeneck said the green was also used to promote a Bastille Day celebration, which while not a non-profit event, featured town businesses and brought people downtown, benefitting the economy.
She suggested the type of events promoted by banners perhaps should be more inclusive, and include groups and events that benefit the town's economic development.
Interim First Selectman Michael Tetreau said the policy should consider formalizing non-profits using the green itself and suggested the responsibility for approving the banners be given to the Parks and Recreation Commission since that board oversees the green.