City Works on Sign Code Compliance

City Works on Sign Code Compliance

Informative - August 4, 2014 - 0 Comments - by

From the City of Bend…

Sign code enforcement

They’re not hard to spot along the streets in Bend:  Signs advertising various businesses and services.  While they may serve a purpose for businesses, they also can clutter and obstruct the public right-of-way.  City staff are now educating business owners and enforcing the sign code in the public right-of-way.

Doing that work are two long-time city employees who have come back in different roles.  Retired police officers Sandi Baxter and Mike Walsh are now part-time Code Enforcement Officers and have been on the streets working with businesses.

The program works like this:  If a sign is in the right-of-way, a city representative will take the sign, bring it back to the business, and talk to the owner about the sign code and how to comply.  After this warning, if a business puts the sign back in the right-of-way it may be confiscated.  Any sign obstructing curb ramps and sidewalks will be immediately confiscated with no warning.

So far the program has been a success.  Mike and Sandi come to the job with 30 years of experience each in dealing with the public in a positive way. Code enforcement can save money and be more effective by hiring part-time employees with experience instead of one full-time employee that may have to be trained.

Galveston and Newport Avenues are great examples of how the program is working.  Both were cluttered with multiple a-frame signs.  Now, the public rights-of-way are clear.  Code Enforcement officials say that over 150 businesses have been contacted since the program began with 95 percent positive reaction.

 

Sign code: http://www.codepublishing.com/OR/Bend/?bend09/Bend0950.html

 

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