The Bethel Board of Selectmen is expected to vote tonight on a holiday greeting banner to be placed at P.T. Barnum Square. A creche has been located on the green for decades. Several residents spoke out last week about the new display policy for this season.
A committee will be formed in the new year to create a long term policy.
The guidelines state that a holiday display cannot defame or attack another religion or person, cannot be excessively large so that it hinders public safety, must be sponsored by local residents or organizations, be positive in nature and can be religious or secular. The regulations also state that holiday displays can only be in P.T. Barnum Square, not other municipal property in an effort to prevent religious displays in front of Town hall, which is illegal.
A vote on the banner was put off at that meeting as the selectmen wanted more information about the size of the sign and whether it could be set up elsewhere. An image and an insurance form were submitted. The Town Attorney says it doesn’t appear to be religious in nature, so it could go someplace else.
Tonight's meeting is at 7pm. An agenda for tonight has not been posted on the town's website.