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Friday, October 20, 2006

Natick approves news rack limits

NATICK

Natick Town Meeting members have approved rules that ban brightly colored news racks on public property and restrict where they can be placed.

The rules restrict how close racks can be placed to curbs, mailboxes, flags and other structures. Supporters said the idea is to encourage safety and prevent blight.

Members rejected a proposed amendment that would have removed the bylaw's restrictions on colors. Planning board chairman Julian Munnich says the restrictions are meant to make sure news racks do not district from emergency signs or equipment, such as cones.

Also at Town Meeting, a citizen petition to limit the hours when construction, demolition and other loud activity can take place was put off for further review. Members of Town Meeting said they supported the idea, but that more time was needed to craft an appropriate bylaw.

--John C. Drake

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