Flag Lighting in Chichester

I’m sure you’ve seen the awesome American Flag flying over Camping World on Rt. 4, my appreciation to Camping World for flying it proudly!

You may have also noticed that it hasn’t been properly lit at night as required by the “Flag Code” found in Title 4 of the United States Code (http://www.senate.gov/reference/resources/pdf/RL30243.pdf)

“It is the universal custom to display the flag only from sunrise to sunset on buildings and on stationary flagstaffs in the open. However, when a patriotic effect is desired, the flag may be displayed 24 hours a day if properly illuminated during hours of darkness.

You may not be aware, but this Thursday @ 6:30 (12/3) our Planning Board will decide whether or not they will allow the flag to be lit (http://www.chichesternh.org/Public_Documents/ChichesterNH_PlanAgnd/I053538C5).

You can see from the draft minutes from 11/5 that it seems the opinion of the board is that lighting of the US Flag would violate our zoning ordinance.(http://chichestertaxpayers.com/jtw/draftminutes11.5.15.pdf)

“The Chichester Zoning Ordinance sections 3.18 (C) (II) 1, 2, & 3 effectively prohibits any lights shining up and light glare beyond a property line. The “Exceptions” in section 3.18 (D) (V) refers to residential uses and Campers World is not a residential application.”

The flag means different things to different people, it might represent our hard fought freedoms, a service member, past, present or lost, our police, fire and first responders or simply the hope for a free future for our children. Whatever the flag represents to you, the freedom to fly it proudly and with proper respect shall not be infringed upon by anyone, certainly not by our local planning board!

I encourage you to attend Thursdays meeting at the Town Hall @ 6:30 and voice your opinion to the planning board.

Please pass this information on to anyone who may be interested and I apologize if you receive this multiple times – too many contact lists.

Thank you!
Jason Weir