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City Council gives approval to new sign rules

Updated: November 15, 2013 9:39AM



CROWN POINT — The City Council on Nov. 4 approved new rules and regulations amending the city ordinance regarding land usage, in particular concerning signs.

Flags, pennants and banners must be removed. Councilwoman Carol Drasga, R-5th, asked specifically about the Walgreens signs that tell their potential customers that flu shots are available. The signs that are not part of the building must come down. That would include the signs on Pop’s restaurant on North Main Street outside the entrance to Jewel about specials. They must come down.

Mayor David Uran told Councilwoman Drasga that the police were waiting for the vote at that meeting. Now they can enforce these rules. With the vote of 6-1 the ordinance passed. Councilman Bill Feder, D at-large, voted no.

The only exception would be for portable A-frame signs in a B-1 zone. That is the area around the square where the buildings are at zero lot line. They will have to go through the Board of Public Works and Safety to place signs.

That sidewalk is all in the state’s right-of-way for U.S. 231 that encircles the square. When restaurants come in to get approval for outside dining they can get approval for a temporary sign for food.

Feder was consistent. He said. “I voted against it (at the Ordinance Committee). There should be no temporary and portable signs in the right-of-way easements. It went through the ordinance committee with no changes.”

As far as the changes in billboards, the distance requirement of 2,500 feet from one billboard to another, and not near a residential area, just about eliminates billboards within the existing business districts.

They are not allowed at all in B-1 which is in the downtown area.

The changes in size and distance from one another were made only in the interstate corridor.



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