DANVILLE — The city of Danville has decided it will not make businesses take down their temporary signs for now, and in the meantime, aldermen will discuss a possible rewrite of the city's temporary sign ordinance.
Several business owners and residents spoke out at Tuesday night's city council meeting against the city's recent enforcement of its temporary sign ordinance. The city sent more than 80 letters to businesses at the end of February telling them that their temporary signs, mostly vinyl banner signs, are illegal and must be removed by mid-March or fines would be imposed. Some businesses have used the temporary signs for years, but the city's ordinances limit their size and how long they can be displayed, up to 120 days in a calendar year.
Some aldermen criticized the city's handling of the enforcement, especially sending form letters requiring immediate removal and threatening fines with no opportunity for the businesses to appeal. Some aldermen also expressed support for the businesses to use temporary banner signs to draw in customers.
Mayor Scott Eisenhauer said Tuesday night the city will not expect the businesses to remove the signs and will move on with a review and possible re-write of the city's temporary sign ordinance.