American Legion goal of a new sign goes dark amid vote

Posted at 6:48 PM, May 19, 2016
and last updated 2016-05-20 03:24:07-04

HOPEWELL, Va. -- The American Legion Post 146 Sign in Hopewell has stood the test of time since 1999.

But a car accident in January wiped out the old one, along with its brick foundation. Legion members saw a chance to improve the old sign.

"Make it more readable, more effective and easier to change" says Commander Dennis Hubbes.

The new digital sign would cost $13,000, they say.

The old sign was wiped out.

The old sign was wiped out.

Because of zoning regulations where the legion is located, the group could, without any problems put up an identical sign to the one destroyed in the accident.

Now that Legion members want a similar size digital sign, the proposal has to go before the five- member Board of Zoning Appeals and win a majority vote.

The sign they want is like these two

The sign they want is like these two

Wednesday night, with just three voting members present, the vote was two to one in favor of the sign.

But because of a lone dissenting vote among the three members, the request had to be denied.

CBS 6 investigated and found two digital signs in the same zoning district.

Both signs are owned by the City of Hopewell and are situated on city property, one at the Beacon Theater and one at the Community Center.

The American Legion can appeal the decision.

They have 30 days to file the appeal with Hopewell Circuit Court and the decision would then be left up to a Circuit Court Judge.