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Allison Hope, chair of the Westford Selectboard, said Pelkey's application for a building permit fell short of the points it needed to score in the review process by the Development Review Board.
A notice of the decision provided to the Burlington Free Press by the town listed a variety of reasons for the denial of the building permit, including that the application does not describe the proposed use of the structure and that it doesn't include the necessary information about lighting that will "likely be needed for security purposes."
And the giant middle finger?
"He apparently can do what he's done," Hope said of the sculpture.
Hope had the town's planning coordinator look at the zoning regulations, and there was nothing the town could do to stop the finger from being raised. It's not advertising a business or service, so it's not a billboard, Hope said, which are banned in Vermont. Instead, it falls under the category of public artwork.
"The Pelkeys can do what they like to exercise their free speech within the laws and regulations," she said