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Ripon may restrict signs for elections

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POSTED March 16, 2014 11:47 p.m.

Come the next election, campaign signs in Ripon could be limited as to when they can be placed.

“We’re recommending (the installation of political signs) to no more than 90 days before the election,” Planning Director Ken Zuidervaart said at a previous Ripon City Council meeting.

The time frame was among the updated changes as proposed by the Sign Committee.

At Tuesday’s 7 p.m. open session, elected leaders are scheduled to revisit the ordinance along with the changes made in the Council Chambers, 259 N. Wilma Ave.

During the past six months, the Sign Committee met several times and came up with these recommendations:

uRetain the use of architectural review for the multi-section freeway signs.

uStay with the proposed language on the inflatable signs.

uProhibit electronic message center signs in the downtown district in an effort to maintain the historic look and nostalgia.

uElectronic message signs would be OK for churches and community centers in the residentially zoned neighborhood.

The committee also considered prohibiting signs from being displayed on public property without first getting permission from Council.

Councilman Leo Zuber requested consent part from council be omitted from the language. “There is enough areas in town to place signs without having them on public property,” he said.

For more information, call Ripon City Hall at 209.599.2108 or log on to www.cityofripon.org.

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