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Q. - 1) Why do we have a garage sale sign ordinance?
As tax payers we are paying an employee to drive around removing signs
and writing tickets or giving warnings. Paying for gas, a truck, a salary
(sometimes 2 people). Seems you could put our money to better use.
2) Why can't the city derive income by buying a permit
& signs from the city to be controlled and place the ads on the
city website instead of giving the income to the newspaper.
3) Why is it all right to put up learn to swim signs
from the city and political signs? Just wondering!
Answer - Thanks for your inquiry.
1) Virtually all cities regulate garage sales as part of an effort
to limit business activity and traffic in residential neighborhoods.
The garage sale signs are regulated by our sign ordinance. Residents
are allowed one sign in their yard and up to three off-premise signs
no larger than 2 square feet. The signs must be self supporting, have
the address, and be placed on private property out of the public right-of-way.
Signs are allowed to go out on Friday after 5 p.m. and must be picked
up by Monday at 8 a.m.
The code enforcement officers are not generally driving around just
to remove signs and to enforce the ordinance regulating garage sales.
A great deal of the time they are responding to complaints made by citizens
and they take care of other enforcement as they come onto violations.
2) The City does not sell any commercial advertising on its web site.
3) Political signs are covered by State Law and have few restrictions
except maximum size and placement on private property as well. Public
service signs can be up to 6 square feet. The "Learn to Swim"
signs are advertising the City's summer swim lesson program at the City
Pool. Signs advertising City sponsored events are permitted on City
Hal Richards, Mayor