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Fayetteville council sues city board over signs

Posted May 4, 2009

— Fayetteville is suing one of its own boards over the size of two business signs the board approved.

The Fayetteville City Council filed a lawsuit against the city's Board of Adjustment in March. The board allowed a medical clinic on Perdue Drive to have two signs totaling 132 square feet. A city ordinance limits signs to 48 square feet.

The sign company owner said he misinterpreted the city ordinance when he erected the signs. But the lawsuit asks a judge to reverse the board's decision.

City planning director Jimmy Teal said the lawsuit is a first. He said he hasn't seen anything similar in his 28 years working with the city.

A city spokesman said the suit was necessary to allow the City Council to revisit the decision.

The city is paying legal fees for the board.

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  • Rolling Along May 4, 2009

    Isn't the same thing going on at the state level with the department of education? Perhaps this is monkey see monkey do...

  • iron fist May 4, 2009

    Only in Fayetteville/Cumberland County government would you find something as absurd as one unit of government suing another

    or Cary if they had a dispute over the size of a sign or it color

  • KingDad May 4, 2009

    Only in Fayetteville/Cumberland County government would you find something as absurd as one unit of government suing another, while at the same time agreeing to pick up that defendants legal tab.

    Glass Half Full is right – “What a waste of time and money”. There are dozens of good, worth-while, and needful organization down there who would love to have the legal fees that will be flushed with this frivolous effort.

    I wish the economy was as healthy and viable as the Fayetteville Good ‘Ole Boys Club. Just how much tax money can one bunch of small-time politicians continue to waste and still get away with it?

  • Justabum May 4, 2009

    It's Fayetteville, what do you expect?

  • affirmativediversity May 4, 2009

    Maybe Mayor Tony Chavonne can make a couple of calls and have a secret meeting to "fix it" like he did with Mrs. Knight's traffic citation!

  • Glass Half Full May 4, 2009

    What a waste of time and money. Here the whole country (most of the world) is in a financial mess and the City of Fayetteville feels the need to invent a new way to totally waste money. What a joke. Tell me names of all involved so I can vote their collective behinds out next election.

  • ObamaMustGo aka NCcarguy May 4, 2009

    another Stimulus move?

  • venitapeyton May 4, 2009

    Should we assume this is taxpayer money?