Murphy City Council last week made another tweak to its temporary sign ordinance, establishing fees for signs along public rights-of-way that advertise 1-time events such as open houses.
The council met in regular session Tuesday, July 2. Other business included directing city staff to design medians to more safely direct traffic out of two shopping areas on Murphy Road.
Discussions on the sign ordinance started in April to curb the number of temporary signs planted along roads to advertise garage sales, events and businesses. Although the signs were prohibited, they proliferated.
An issue the council had to overcome was a U.S. Supreme Court ruling that says signs cannot be banned based on content. The council worked around that prohibition by establishing a fee schedule and periods of display for specific categories of signs.
By Joe Reavis • [email protected]