||Photographed illegal 12x40-foot billboard
atop Mt. Trashmore
||VNS called Councilwoman Reba McClanan:
can the city erect an illegal billboard when other companies are being
sued for doing the same thing? McClanan: "I'll check
||VNS called Planning Director Robert Scott. Not available. Left voice message requesting return call to discuss an illegal billboard on Mt.
Trashmore. Never received.
||McClanan called back: "I can't
get the city manager. I do have someone checking on this. This
can't be allowed."
||VNS calls for City Mgr. Jim 'The
Signman' Spore. Not available. Hides behind skirt of
Asst. City Mgr. Kathleen Hassen who says: "The billboard is
not illegal." VNS asks, "Because?" Hassen
said because the billboard is less than 12-ft high; it is not
permanent; is on city property; is advertising a city-sponsored event;
and is not on an easement or right of way. "Can I have one
like it on my property?" "No", Spore's skirted
one replies, because it wouldn't be advertising a city-sponsored
event. "You need to talk to Kevin Hershberger in zoning,"
she finally says.
||Hershberger: "I think there is some
misunderstanding. We don't believe the city can do this. We
will get back to you. Karen Lasley (interim zoning
administrator) is looking into the situation right now."
|12 - noon
||Called Rick Rowe at Parks and
who allowed the sign to be erected at the request of Don Maxwell's
Economic Development Department, he said, "It is coming down
as we speak."
|| Lasley calls: "The
billboard is illegal and we have ordered it down. The city is
guilty of doing the same thing we are fighting over in court right now
involving five (5) other billboards (the city claims are illegal).