New City Sign Ordinance Passes First Reading

- An ordinance once a source of controversy passes it's first reading at the Evansville City Council. Council members passed the city's new temporary sign ordinance Monday night.

The old ordinance drew the ire of many small business owners last year. At the time, many temporary signs were not compliant, and some small business owners were facing possible fines. Those fines were later suspended, and city officials went back to the drawing board.

City Council President John Friend says the new ordinance is more business-friendly. The compromise he says allows small business owners to advertise their business without it being visually distracting.

"They had a committee and got together," said Friend. "They absorbed a lot of information from the community. As I understand, Dr. Adams was on that committee, and he's done a good job of keeping us posted. I wish it was quicker, but any time you have committees, it gets protracted."

Friend says under the new ordinance, temporary signs like sandwich boards can be displayed for six months out of the year. The ordinance will have it's second reading at the next city council meeting.

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