Our selectmen held a meeting yesterday and after a great deal of thought, approved a 25-mph sign for Lincoln Avenue in Old Greenwich. I have no problem in theory with a requirement for such approval because without it we’d have anarchy, with lemonade stand signs and ads for Democrats sprouting up everywhere. But this part caught my eye: “The request is now sent to the Office of State Traffic Administration for approval.”
Do we really have a state agency overseeing the placement of road signs in every municipality? Really? What must a town do to obtain approval? Furnish a study, with maps, charts and 8 X 10 color glossy photos with pictures and arrows on the back? Does a team come down from Hartford to see the site for themselves?
What could be more of an exclusively local decision than the placement of a speed sign on a tiny street like Lincoln? If a town has to go through Hartford for such a simple task, is it possible that similar bureaucratic speed bumps are imposed on private individuals and businesses in this state? Nah, that would be crazy.