Not buying into the notion that Caesar's wife must be above reproach and a member of the Historic Preservation Commission should probably be aware of and comply with the laws she is charged with interpreting and administering, Polenberg and her husband canvassed the neighborhood to prove that few if any of the businesses had gotten certificates of appropriateness for their signs.
Word on the street is that businesses are starting to receive the "Notice of Violation" and it is causing some consternation. But that shouldn't be the case. The people who neglected to get sign permits and certificates of appropriateness when they installed their signs are simply being asked to correct the problem by doing so now. The applications for sign permits are available by contacting the Code Enforcement Office, 429 Warren Street, 828-3100. The application for a certificate of appropriateness can be downloaded from the City of Hudson website. Both the Code Enforcement Office and the Historic Preservation Commission have expressed their commitment to making this as easy and painless as possible. As HPC member Tony Thompson said in December, "Since we know there are no egregious problems [with the signs], this can be handled very efficiently."