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CONTACT: Lisa Sturgeon, aide to Councilman Taylor, 816-513-6523

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: April 13, 2012

City Council cracks down on illegal signs

The City of Kansas City, Mo., City Council has unanimously supported an ordinance to create a penalty for illegal signs in the public right of way. The ordinance was co-sponsored by Sixth District At-Large Councilman Scott Taylor and First District At-Large Councilman Scott Wagner.

“This will give neighborhood leaders another tool to keep neighborhoods clean,” said Councilman Taylor.

“The beauty of our neighborhoods is critical to their vitality,” added Councilman Wagner. “The removal of these illegal signs is an important part of any strategy to remove blight from our community.”

The City will perform a sweep of illegal signs on Tuesday April 17. Neighborhoods and residents are welcome to participate by canvassing their areas and removing illegal signs in the public right-of-way or on utility poles, such as old yard sale, garage sale, promotional and political signs. Residents unaware of the location of right-of-way boundaries are advised to not remove signs.

The City will provide up to five blue trash bags per requestor at three locations, available Mondays through Fridays, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. These locations are: Northland Neighborhoods Inc., 3015 Vivion Road; the City’s Neighborhood Preservation Division, 4900 Swope Parkway, First Floor; and Trailside Center, 9901 Holmes Road.

Residents can dispose of
illegal signs in the blue bags and set them out on their regular trash day. Solid waste will pick up the blue bags at no additional charge. Please note that the blue bags are intended only for signs. Violation stickers will be placed on blue bags that contain items other than signs.

For more information or media inquiries, please contact Lisa Sturgeon, aide to Councilman Taylor, at 816-513-6523.

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