Street Signs on Private Ways

Town of Brewster
Board of Selectmen’s Policy No. 41
on the
Installation and Replacement of Street Signs on Private Ways

The Board of Selectmen, acting as the Department of Public Works (DPW) Commissioners, in the names of public safety hereby adopt this policy (see note 1):

1.     The overall goal of this policy is to protect the public safety of the Town’s inhabitants by improving public safety response.

2.     That street name signs at all intersections be erected at public expense and maintained by the DPW.

3.     That the street intersection signage shall include both private and town owned streets.

4.     That in locating the street signs the DPW Superintendent use appropriate NHTSA and Manual of Uniform Traffic Control Devices (MUTCD) standards for the height of signs and the size and color of signs.

5.     That the DPW Superintendent has 2 (two) calendar years for completing the town-wide signage project, beginning on July 1, 2009.

6.     That the DPW Superintendent, in conjunction with the Police Chief and Fire Chief, agree on a consistent location at street intersections throughout the town for the location of the street signs.

7.     In order to finance this project the Town will create an initial special appropriation article in the amount of $10,000.00 at the 2009 Annual Town Meeting.

8.     This policy will only pertain to street name signs for private roads and not other type of signs, such as stop, yield, slow signs, which may appear on private roads.

Note 1 – The development of this policy was predicated on the legal opinion written by Zisson & Veara, Brewster’s Town Counsel dated September 19, 2008, which is included as an addendum to this policy statement.

Originally Adopted by the Board of Selectmen on December 1, 2008         .