Long before Hudson had a Historic Preservation Commission, which some deride as the "taste police," it had a zoning code, adopted in 1973, that regulated signs, both permanent and temporary. The chapter on signs, Chapter 244, is made up of forty-three separate paragraphs addressing all manner of signage. Probably only the code enforcement officer has digested all the provisions set forth in Chapter 244, but here are a few that might be considered.
[244-19] No sign, temporary or otherwise, on the inside of a window shall occupy more than 33 1/3 % of the aggregate area of said window. Such signs, if temporary, shall not remain more than 30 days.
[244-35.A] Definition. "Portable sign" shall be any sign easily moved from place to place on a stand or A-type frame having no permanent attachment to the ground, building or structure.
[244-35.B] Area. Said sign shall not exceed three feet by four feet (12 square feet) in area.
[244-35.D] Limitation of signs. One portable sign will be permitted for each 100 feet of street frontage of the premises on which said sign or signs are located; provided, however, that a maximum of only two such signs shall be permitted.
The code [244-3] indicates that all signs require a permit from the building inspector, and it may well be the case that each of the signs has passed muster with the Code Enforcement Office, but the collective impact of all the signs on and around this establishment violates one of the goals of regulating signage stated in the city code: "to preserve the basically residential character of this community" [244-25]. If, in fact, all this signage is lawful and permitted, perhaps it's time to revisit and amend Chapter 244.