After Supreme Court ruling, City of Vandalia will take closer look at their temporary sign ordinance

/ Vandalia Radio
After Supreme Court ruling, City of Vandalia will take closer look at their temporary sign ordinance

A Supreme Court ruling on temporary signs has the City of Vandalia examining their own temporary sign ordinance. Vandalia Mayor Rick Gottman said at Monday night’s Vandalia City Council meeting that in light of the ruling by the U.S. Supreme Court in the case of Reed vs. the town of Gilbert, Arizona, the City needed to take a much closer look at their own temporary sign ordinance. And, he has asked the City’s attorney to review the ordinance and come back with recommendations that would eventually lead to a public meeting on the matter. Gottman did add that they have had some issues with temporary signs in the City of Vandalia. Safety Code Enforcer Zach Kopp says there have been some issues where signs have obstructed traffic view. Kopp also added the current ordinance for temporary signage requires signs to be 10 feet off of the street if there is no sidewalk. In the court case in Arizona, the matter was over signs put out by a church for their Sunday services. The city said the signs exceeded the time allowed under their ordinance and the signs didn’t give an event date. The matter went all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court where they sided with the church group. City Attorney Ryan Conner added there has been no legal action on the City’s sign ordinance at this time. But, he says they are looking to be pro-active after this Supreme Court ruling.

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