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Cary again asks man to remove sign

Posted November 12, 2009
Updated November 19, 2009

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— A Cary man could face a fine for the spray-painted protest he has on his Maynard Road house.

The town issued a notice Thursday against David Bowden, noting that his message – with words that some might find offensive – violates size and color limits set by the town’s sign ordinance.

Town staff first visited Bowden to ask him to change the sign in July. The violation, which allows for fines for each day the message remains on his house, has yet to be enforced.

Officials decided to proceed with enforcement because of continued complaints from the community and a lack of progress in negotiations with Bowden, the town said in a statement.

In a letter hand-delivered to Bowden Thursday, the town outlines the stalemate and asks that Bowden “support your community’s sign rules and take the required corrective action to remove the sign currently painted on your house.”

Failure to comply, the letter says, “will leave the Town with no other choice than to pursue additional enforcement measures including, but not limited to, issuing civil citations.”

Bowden claims a road-widening project left his once-arboreal yard, at 305 SW Maynard Road, void of trees and with a steep slope that funnels rain water into his home.

Bowden’s complaints are not news to town leaders. Assistant Town Manager Mike Bajorek said the town offered a solution that was unsatisfactory to Bowden.

"We have gone to him and said we have a design that would help resolve (the drainage issue)," Bajorek said. "He said, 'No. Stay off my property. I want you to buy my house.'"

Bajorek said the town has purchased houses with drainage problems when there was no possible solution but that it is not willing, at this point, to spend tax money to buy the house.

"Here in Cary, we welcome our citizens to get involved to express their opinions, but we have community values and standards that we need to uphold," Bajorek said. "Making your home a billboard is not one of those standards."

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  • Ckimoo Nov 13, 7:58 p.m.

    Vietnam Vet- Mr Bowden could pay for whatever flight of fancy he wanted to had the Town of Cary not ruined his largest asset--his house! Duh!
    They created the damage and they should pay for it!
    There is no way to regrade the mess that has been made over there.

  • Vietnam Vet Nov 13, 6:50 p.m.

    "Ckimoo -- I'd have to agree with you that Frantz's comment about "why does a 60 year old guy need a Dodge Viper"
    I've read Frantz's blog and first of all the vehicle in question is a Prowler, and second Frantz never asked why the 60 year old guy needed it but rather why the Town of Cary should have to pay for it by purchasing the guys house.

  • Vietnam Vet Nov 13, 6:45 p.m.

    This guy wants the town to buy his house to pay for his new Prowler and his midlife crisis. The town has bent over backwards to try and appease this guy and take care of his water issues. Which by the way have been going on far longer than just since the road widening. The widening is just an excuse. The town should start collecting fines on his sign and stop treating this guy as somebody special.

  • Unfair Moderators Stink Nov 13, 4:13 p.m.

    Lyle -- it could be worse.....they could have put up the other end.

  • Unfair Moderators Stink Nov 13, 4:03 p.m.

    manofjustice -- you never fail to make me laugh out loud.

  • manofjustice Nov 13, 3:32 p.m.

    This honorable good man put a nice sign on hism's house and you all have a promblem with it. Art is about free expresion. Leave this man alone. You should all drink his bathwater.

  • Lyle Nov 13, 2:45 p.m.

    How asthetically pleasing is that abominable horse's head now at the corner of Davis Drive and High House?? Who "approved" that? Is it art? An advertisement? IMO, an awful eyesore.

  • Unfair Moderators Stink Nov 13, 2:30 p.m.

    "hey, town of cary, you need a whooping. if you minded your own business this citizen wouldn't have had to expose you."

    Not sure what you mean here, diana123. The homeowner painted the message and the homeowner refused the town's offer to reroute drainage on his property and the homeowner brought the camera crews in. Where do you feel like Cary wasn't minding their own business and what has this man supposedly exposed? Not trying to pick an argument...just curious as to what you meant. Peace.

  • Unfair Moderators Stink Nov 13, 2:25 p.m.

    All of this publicity that brought out the fact that drainage has been an issue since the house was built won't help him if he ever decides to put a For Sale sign in the yard and tries to sell it in the "usual" way. I doubt the town is going to give in and keeping it alive in the media probably isn't going to do him any favors.

  • diana123 Nov 13, 2:20 p.m.

    hey, town of cary, you need a whooping. if you minded
    your own business this citizen wouldn't have had to
    expose you.

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