I always thought effective code enforcement should have a major influence on the health and safety of the towns citizens. So it seems like there are a lot more serious safety issues in the town to worry about instead of worrying about the size of a flag. Aren’t there any housing code violations out there? Maybe the code enforcement officer should actually do the job as it was meant to be.
Was a complete investigation done before the notice of fines was sent?
How does this affect the health and safety of any citizen?
Did the code enforcement officer try to educate the owners and explain the ordinance?
What prompted the citation?
Wouldn’t it be better to promote community awareness of and facilitate voluntary compliance with town codes, enhance the quality of life and foster civic pride?
Wouldn’t it be better to be working towards compliance than punishment?
Were various options suggested to the owner, like trying a variance?
Have you looked at the The U.S. Code as it relates to the flag? It is advisory only and has no penalties attached to it at this time.
The National Flag Foundation has a lot of information on flags and lists ratios for size of the flag to length of the pole. Did anyone bother to check there? Their phone number is 412-261-1776. This is what they list as recommended heights and sizes
Flag (Feet) Flagpole Size (Feet)
3 x 5 15
4 x 6 20-25
5 x 8 30-40
6 x 10 45-50
8 x 12 50-60
10 x 15 65-70
12 x 18 80-90
15 x 25 100
The laws relating to the flag of the United States of America are found in detail in the United States Code. Title 4, Chapter 1 pertains to the flag; Title 18, Chapter 33, Section 700 regards criminal penalties for flag desecration; Title 36, Chapter 3 pertains to patriotic customs and observances. These laws were supplemented by Executive Orders and Presidential Proclamation.
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