MENDOTA - The Mendota City Council passed several ordinances and handled other items of business at its Nov. 19 regular meeting.
The first ordinance, presented by Alderman Justin Setchell, establishes procedures for settlement of ordinance violations prior to suit being filed. The ordinance in its entirety can be seen in the legal section of this week's issue.
In action from Alderman Del Knowlton's report, the council passed an ordinance dealing with signage requirements, as per the recommendation of the Plan Commission. The purpose and intent is to regulate and control the location, erection, number and maintenance of signs and matters relating thereto within the city in order to promote public safety, health and the general welfare of the community. The regulations are specifically designed to:
• Provide for uniform regulation and orderly development of signs.
• Prohibit hazardous and dangerous signs.
• Encourage, as a means of communication, the employment of signs that are compatible with their surroundings, appropriate to the type of activity to which they pertain, expressive of the identity of individual proprietors, legible in the circumstances in which they are seen, respectful of the reasonable rights of other sign owners.
• Preserve, protect and promote the public health, safety and welfare.
• Improve pedestrian and traffic safety.
• Maintain and enhance community appearance and the city's ability to attract sources of economic development by promoting the reasonable, orderly and effective display of signs.
• Minimize the possible adverse effect of signs on nearby public and private property.
• Preserve the value of private property by assuring the compatibility of signs with surrounding land uses.
The full ordinance is available to viewing at the city clerk's office.
For the complete article see the 11-28-2012 issue.
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