Source: The Corydon Democrat

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Ordinance exempts mobile political sign

by Alan Stewart

March 11, 2014

Wanting to make sure one of his political signs was in compliance, Republican H. Lloyd (Tad) Whitis, who is seeking election for the District 47 State Senate seat, went before the Corydon Planning & Zoning Commission March 3.

Whitis asked the commission to clarify its sign ordinance and if it addressed a wood sign he's carried in the back of his truck for elections dating back to at least 1986.

In the past, Whitis has parked the truck in downtown Corydon, usually on the north side of the courthouse. Since the sign ordinance was adopted, Whitis has been parking his truck — with landowner permission — at the intersection of S.R. 62 and Corydon-Ramsey Road until he could find out whether his truck was in compliance with the ordinance.

"Is it a portable sign or is it a billboard?" Whitis asked, noting that the sign could potentially be either, based on the wording of the ordinance. "I think I'm probably grandfathered in, but I don't want to bring it into town and then be penalized."

After some discussion, council member Jeffery Thomas said the ordinance was directed toward residential property, noting that it would be difficult to police a moving sign such as a Tyson Foods truck or any other type of vehicle with advertising.

"It's about placement on personal property," Thomas said.

In another matter, Rodefer Moss & Co. made a request to place a sandwich board sign in a grassy area at the corner of Beaver and Elm streets. The council allowed the use as long as Rodefer Moss followed the rules for that type of sign, such as putting it away at night and not having it in the pedestrian right-of-way.

Also during the meeting, the council addressed a sign at a new business, Liquid Palace, which is located in the Old Capital Plaza. The sign's original design was deemed distasteful, so the business owner submitted an edited version, which was given preliminary approval. The final design, however, was installed and had the original version.

The council directed town attorney Chris Byrd to send the business owner a letter advising of a 30-day time limit to get the sign changed to the edited version or further action would be taken.

The council also was notified that Alberto's, an Italian restaurant, still had not come in to get approval for its window lettering at the location at the corner of Capitol Avenue and Chestnut Street. The business was to be contacted so it could seek approval for the lettering before other action would be taken.