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City to enforce Sign Ordinance

Friday, November 30, 2012

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The City of Cherokee adopted a sign ordinance in December, 2001 as a means of regulating size, number and type of signs that may be installed along our streets and roadways.

The ordinance regulates everything from the billboard along the highway to the garage sale sign. Permanent signs for business advertisements require a permit and fee, and are allowed primarily in our commercial and industrial zoning districts.

Temporary signs do not require a fee, but must comply with three basic rules:

* Signs can not be placed on city right-of-way. (That area between the street edge and the sidewalk, or for neighborhoods without sidewalks, an approximate 10-foot area beyond the edge of the street);

* Signs can not be attached to a stop sign, other regulatory signs or to utility poles; and

* Temporary signs must be removed after the event that it is advertising is over.

Cherokee's recently updated 2011 Comprehensive Plan included "the creation of a more positive image and appearance" as one of the priority recommendations for the community. Keeping our homes and property fixed up may be the most obvious means of improving our image; however, a quick drive around the community will illustrate that we can also improve our image by placing temporary signs only on private property and by removing signs in a timely manner.

The City has recently asked our realtors to place "for sale" signs on the private property and not on city right-of-way. They are doing a great job in complying with this request. However, we can also help.

Whether it is a political sign for the just completed elections, a sign for the contractor who is doing a remodeling project for you, or a sign for a garage sale that you held several weeks ago, please make sure it is properly located and removed in a timely manner.

Questions should be directed to Don Eikmeier, City Administrator, 225-5749 or deikmeieradm@cherokeeiowa.net



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