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City, county officials taking action over sign ordinance

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It's signs like this lunch special board at Smitty's on Franklin Street that the ordinance mentions. It's signs like this lunch special board at Smitty's on Franklin Street that the ordinance mentions.

Evansville and Vanderburgh County officials are speaking up about what has become a controversial sign ordinance in the city and county. 

Those officials are not only speaking out, they're taking action.

It's something that will please many businesses that at times can get creative with their signage. Many businesses will put up banners, or temporary signs, which is against the current ordinance.

As 14 News told you last week, several businesses received letters stating they will be fined if they don't take down those temporary signs.
     
But on Monday night, Mayor Lloyd Winnecke and County Commission President Marsha Abell say that those fines for violating the current ordinance will be suspended pending a review of the ordinance.

"It is our goal to make local government more business friendly and this is a step in the right direction," said Mayor Winnecke.

In late 2012, Mayor Winnecke requested that the previous attempt at updating the sign ordinance be halted due to concern over new regulations being proposed at the time. It was agreed that the process be restarted following a leadership change in the department and inclusion of input from interested parties.

"APC Director Ron London and his staff are now ready to restart the process to modernize the current sign ordinance, which is largely complaint driven and has been in place since 2009 without any changes, starting with temporary sign requests," said Abell.

Winnecke and Abell say they have asked the APC to review and modernize the sign ordinances in the city and county. We're told that businesses who violate the current law will still get letters, but the fines will not be collected.

A new ordinance would have to be passed by both the city and county. 

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