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|New Ordinance Prohibits Certain Billboards in Abingdon
|The city of Abingdon just two weeks ago had nothing on the books to regulate signs, but that quickly changed when officials got wind of a plan to erect a giant billboard on a local business's property.
The city council Monday night unanimously approved a new sign ordinance that aldermen earlier this month directed the city attorney to draft. It's essentially in response to a Springfield-based sign company's intent to erect a billboard 12-feet high, 24-feet wide and 20 feet in the air on property owned by Bradshaw's TV and Appliance.
Mayor Roger Stegall told the city council that officials needed to move fast because the sign company had already applied for a permit through the state transportation department.
Stegall says the billboard slated for Bradshaw's won't be allowed under the city's new ordinance. "Basically what this ordinance is is to keep anybody from putting up a sign that advertises for somebody else."
Stegall says the billboard at Bradshaw's was not to advertise for that business, but instead, another business likely from outside the area. Stegall and the city council previously stated their opposition to the plan.
The ordinance won't affect business owners who want to put up a sign that advertises their shop, existing signs or painted signs on buildings.
Another item on the agenda was the swearing in of a new police officer. City Clerk Sheila Day administered the oath of office to patrolman David Zeigler.
City Clerk Sheila Day administers the oath of office to new patrolman David Zeigler
(WGIL News Story and Photo by Mike Perry)
|11 17 09 by Newsroom
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