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: