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City’s portable sign ordinance remains unresolved

by | Jun 13, 2019 | Latest

After two hours of discussion with its attorney and in open session, the Murphy City Council still did not find a solution for regulating temporary signs that proliferate in rights-of-way throughout town.

The council met Tuesday, June 4 in regular session at City Hall. One of the first orders of business was to re-elect Jennifer Berthiaume as mayor pro tem and Sarah Fincannon as deputy mayor pro tem.

Council members and city staff started rewriting the city portable sign ordinance in April to allow open house signs in rights-of-way, but have encountered a sticking point in a 2015 Supreme Court ruling that bars regulating signs based on content. Signs can only be regulated by size, placement and a time limit for display.

Currently, Murphy bans all portable signs in rights-of-way, such as along roads, but the council has been considering amending the ordinance to allow temporary signs from 5 p.m. Friday until 8 a.m. Monday. No permit would be necessary.

 

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By Joe Reavis • [email protected]

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