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What your government is doing: Sumter City Council to review additional penalties for prohibited signs ordinance

BY SHELBIE GOULDING shelbie@theitem.com
Posted 3/7/20

A proposed ordinance would penalize people for not removing prohibited signs in the city limits.

The amendment to zoning and development standards would provide for an additional offense and penalty. Violations would be deemed a misdemeanor, with …

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What your government is doing: Sumter City Council to review additional penalties for prohibited signs ordinance

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A proposed ordinance would penalize people for not removing prohibited signs in the city limits.

The amendment to zoning and development standards would provide for an additional offense and penalty. Violations would be deemed a misdemeanor, with each day such a violation continues being a separate offense.

Zoning administrator Helen Roodman said an additional offense and penalty could involve increasing fines to those who fail to follow the city's request to remove a prohibited sign.

Prohibited signs include: any sign displaying intermittent or flashing illumination or lights of changing degrees of intensity; any sign or advertising device painted on a fence, power or telephone pole, tree, stone or any natural object; signs placed or painted on a motor vehicle, trailer or other object and parked with the primary purpose of providing a sign not otherwise allowed by this ordinance; inflatable signs and tethered balloons; pennants and fluttering devices; and portable signs other than the sandwich board signs that are permitted as a temporary sign.

Under the City of Sumter zoning and development standards ordinance, all signs are controlled by this ordinance under the planning staff's supervision. Sign regulations were designed to meet major objectives established in the 2040 Comprehensive Plans and gives everyone fair and equal treatment for advertising and free speech.

At its meeting on Tuesday, Sumter City Council unanimously approved to refer the ordinance to the planning commission, as the zoning administrator will enforce the provisions of this ordinance.