After a couple of months discussing and tweaking, Murphy City Council last week approved ordinances governing political, garage sale and event signs placed in city rights-of-way.
The council met Tuesday, June 18 in regular session at City Hall. Other business included revising construction plan review fees, expanding the area in which to solicit bank depository bids, rejecting bids on two construction projects, accepting a median landscaping bid and appointing members to two boards.
The sign ordinances proved vexing to the council as they worked to stay within a U.S. Supreme Court ruling that bars a city from regulating signs based on content. For example, signs for real estate sales or soliciting work could not specifically be banned while signs for garage sales or special events were allowed.
Political signs were taken as a separate category to limit their proliferation in designated areas at Murphy Community Center and Murphy Activity Center, both of which serve as polling locations.
By Joe Reavis • [email protected]