Mystery of the missing banner is solved

A March for Change banner was removed from the Onion Barn by the town’s code enforcement because it was too big.

This is an update to a story appearing in the 1/31 issue of The Weston Forum.

A March For Change banner that disappeared shortly after it was hung on the Onion Barn has been found.

The banner was removed by Weston Code Enforcement Officer Jim Pjura last week because it exceeded size limitations, he said.

Banner sizes need to be “reasonable,” he said, “no larger than three feet by three feet.”

The March For Change banner measured seven feet by five feet, and that was too big for the Onion Barn, Mr. Pjura said.

The banner was given back to its owner, Christine Fulton, who had hung it on the barn. It publicized the March For Change, a safe gun law rally being held on Thursday, Feb. 14, in Hartford. A large contingent from Weston is expected to attend the march.

The banner was hung on the Onion Barn, an historic building in the town center, honoring Weston’s cash crop from bygone days. It is used nowadays as a town billboard for signs and banners.

But there are rules that need to be followed before a sign or banner is put on the Onion Barn, Mr. Pjura said. An applicant first needs to fill out a permit in his office at the Town Hall Annex before putting anything on the Onion Barn. Ms. Fulton said she did not fill out a permit for her banner because she did not know it was a requirement.

The banner was discovered missing on Thursday, Jan. 24. Thinking the wind could have blown it down, Ms. Fulton said she searched the area around the Onion Barn to no avail. She said she then spoke with town officials and First Selectman Gayle Weinstein said the town had not removed it.

Ms. Fulton reported the missing banner, valued at $300, to the Weston Police Department.

After the banner turned up in the town hall annex this week, Ms. Weinstein said she was surprised. She said the code enforcement officer was not supposed to remove signs from the Onion Barn, and was supposed to make an effort to find the person who hung it first.

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