AVON — A battle of rival roadside sweet corn wars in Avon has reached a boiling point.
In the Town of Avon board meeting held Thursday, July 25, Code Enforcement Officer, Dean O’Keefe brought the board’s attention to disputes that have occurred involving sweet corn stands that are neighboring each other in Avon.
“It seems there is a sweet corn war going on between corn stands,” said O’Keefe.
O’Keefe told the town board that we received a complaint from Scott Thompson, owner of the corn stand located on Coyne Farms about the signs that Rich Finocchario, owner of J&A’s corn stand have across the street, claiming that they were in violation of code regulations.
“J&A’s made all of their signs portable, and none of them are in violation of the Town of Avon code regulations,” said O’Keefe.
The kicker then came when O’Keefe told the board that while none of J&A’s signage is in violation, Thompson’s signs in fact are.
According to O’Keefe, Thompson’s signs are considered in violation of code regulations because they are in the state right of way, as well as one of the 3×3 signs is attached to a utility pole.
“J&A has done their best to be in compliance with code regulations,” said O’Keefe.
According to O’Keefe, the Town of Avon has not yet sent an official notice to Thompson telling him he is in violation. However once Thompson receives said notice he will have ten days to respond back to the Town of Avon and then have 30 days from there to put a plan in action to fix the violation.
Worst case scenario, if Thompson does not remove his signs he has the potential to be called into Avon Town court and fined for the violation.
Both Thompson and Finocchario declined to comment about the matter.
Hopefully the Town of Avon will have all sweet corn war matters under wraps before the Avon Corn Festival, set to take place Saturday, August 10.