On Nov. 21, the Carrboro Police Department provided Nathan Milian, the property manager of Carr Mill Mall, with a notice of violation regarding the towing signs located on the mall’s property.
According to the notice, the police department conducted a review of towing signs on Carr Mill Mall’s property on Nov. 20 after receiving a complaint the previous week. The police department found the signs were not in compliance with Town code.
Milian said he was informed some of the lettering on the property’s towing signs were a quarter of an inch short. He said, after receiving the notice of violation, he contacted the Town to ask for a detailed explanation of what appropriate signage looks like.
“We didn’t agree with the interpretation, but we don’t want there to be any noncompliance,” Milian said.
The Town gave Milian a 14-day grace period to have all signs on the property in compliance with Town codes and ordinances in question, which Carrboro Mayor Damon Seils said is standard practice.
Milian said he has a signage company on standby to create the new signs as soon as they are approved by the Town. He said new signs were installed on Tuesday and that the Carrboro Police Department would check their compliance on Wednesday.
If the signage still contains violations after the grace period has expired, the Town can subject Milian to penalties like fines.
Sammy Slade, a member of the Carrboro Town Council, said he does not think the Town has taken enough action against the towing practices at Carr Mill Mall.
“I feel like this is so egregious, what’s happening — the number of towing and the way it’s being done — that we need to be a little more forceful in enforcing our ordinance,” he said.