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Homer Mayor Cancels Vote on New Village Sign Amid Lawsuit Threat

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Homer Mayor Darren “Hal” McCabe yesterday (October 8) announced the cancelation of the planned residential vote on a new village sign, after he says the process “turned negative and culminated with one person threatening a lawsuit against the Mayor, Board, and Village.”

He declined to identify the individual behind the suit.

As a result, the village board decided to end the vote and move forward with their design: A Trojan Blue sign with gold letters reading ‘Welcome to Historic Homer Village’ on the front and ‘Blue Pride’ on the back.

McCabe says a few more minor changes are possible, including the potential addition of a horse and buggy on the front of the sign.

“As mayor, I have a fiduciary responsibility to the Village and its residents above all else,” McCabe said. “We are sorry for those of you who did not get a chance to cast your ballots.”

Prior to cancelation, a referendum was being held to give residents a chance to choose from two design concepts.

One was the village-sponsored design that’s now being put through. The other was a design that continued to pay homage to Homer-based American folk character David Harum, which was proposed by resident and media historian John Hartsock.

As of 5 p.m. yesterday, the village-sponsored design had 43 votes to the David Harum design’s 29.

IDrawings of the tentative new design:

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