Dear Rowayton resident,
There has been much discussion over the past six months about what types of signage are appropriate for the Old School Field Fence. While the Commissioners tried to provide some flexibility with the existing guidelines, a group of residents believe the guidelines need to be modified. After several lengthy public meetings, the Commissioners have decided that 6TD residents should exercise their democratic rights and a town-wide vote will be held with 2 different guideline options for our community fence.
The vote on the preferred guidelines for the use of the Old School Field Community Fence will now take place on Wednesday January 13, 2021. The vote will take place in the Courtyard of the Rowayton Community Center at 33 Highland Avenue between noon and 8 PM. Voting will take place in a socially distanced manner. Voters need to be registered with the Norwalk Registrar of Voters at an address in the Sixth Taxing District. You can check if you are registered at https://portaldir.ct.gov/sots/LookUp.aspx (if you are a 6TD resident, your local election location is Rowayton School).
For residents unable or uncomfortable with voting in person, please send an email with your contact information to the District Clerk firstname.lastname@example.org.
The next 6TD Commissioners Monthly Meeting will be on Wednesday December 16th at 7 PM.
Meeting ID: 333 325 1105
These are the current guidelines for signs on the Old School Field Fence:
- The Old School Fence is to be used for local announcements, local events, and local promotions. No political signs.
- Given the limited space, the fence will be for Rowayton residents and Rowayton non-profit organizations only
We ask that users send a note to email@example.com when they put up a sign for events and personal messages. This is so the 6TD knows who owns the sign, and we can monitor the length of time it is being hung.
- Promotion for events can go up to 6 weeks prior to event, but we ask it is taken down immediately after the event is over.
- For personal messages, (congrats, happy birthday, welcome home type signs), we ask that they are up for no more than 2 weeks.
- 6TD will monitor this to ensure signs don’t overstay their welcome.
Proposed guidelines for signs on the Old School Field Fence:
- The Old School Fence is to be used for local announcements, events, promotions and supportive statements or creative expressions of human rights. Signs promoting or targeting a specific candidate or party for any political office, or featuring any slogan associated with a candidate are not allowed.
- Given the limited space, the fence will be for Rowayton residents and Rowayton non-profit organizations only. Maximum size of 60” X 30” in either orientation. Email for an exemption for a larger sign.
We ask that users send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org when they put up a sign for events and personal messages so the 6TD knows who owns the sign, and can monitor the length of time it is hung.
- For personal messages (e.g. congratulations, happy birthday, welcome home, etc.), we ask that signs be taken down within 2 weeks.
- Promotion for events can be hung up to 6 weeks prior to the event, but we ask they be taken down immediately after the event is over.
- 6TD will monitor the fence to ensure signs don’t overstay their welcome. During high-volume periods (e.g. holidays, graduations, etc.) the Commissioners may ask for some signs to be taken down early to make space for other signs.
Guidelines regarding signs in support of human rights causes:
- Signs promoting human rights causes should be focused on inclusive, positive, and supportive expressions.
- No sign shall depict slogans, imagery, persons or groups that seek the denial of equal rights and protections of any people.
Signs supporting human rights must be sponsored by 100 Rowayton residents and reviewed in advance by the Commissioners via online application. Please allow 3-5 business days for a response and review status.
- The owner of the sign and a list of 100 sponsors (names only) will be available through a link on the 6TD website.
- Human rights signs can be displayed for up to 8 weeks. If you wish to extend the display period past 8 weeks, it must be with a new sign put through the same application process requirements with re-confirmed support of 100 sponsors, original or new. You can re-use signs on an alternating basis.
- Due to limited space, we ask that there only be one sign at a time regarding a specific human rights cause, but allow for more than one cause to be represented at a time.
The group who developed Option #2 want to present the following information:
The proposal of a new fence policy is available for review at the following web page. On that page you can read why these changes are being proposed and submit any questions you have through a form. The group proposing this will host two zoom calls scheduled in the coming weeks to review and discuss the proposal before the vote occurs.
Wed, Dec. 9th, 8 PM – Option #2 zoom meeting to review and discuss the fence policy proposal
Tuesday, Jan. 5th, 8 PM – Option #2 zoom meeting before the vote to review and discuss the fence policy proposal
Option #2 Zoom Meeting Details
Topic: December Rowayton Fence Policy Proposal Discussion
Time: Dec 9, 2020 08:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)
Zoom Meeting ID: 754 2452 3688
Topic: January Rowayton Fence Policy Proposal Discussion
Time: Jan 5, 2021 08:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)
Zoom Meeting ID: 749 2935 9322