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Council takes aim at temporary signs

By Jamie Baker-Nantz

Kenny Edmondson is trashing signs.

Following the last couple of meetings of the Dry Ridge City Council, it’s obvious Edmondson wants visitors to the city to have a good first impression, which means he’s not a fan of temporary signs stuck around and he doesn’t like trash.

Basically, Edmondson doesn’t want Dry Ridge looking like a “big billboard.”

Edmondson, a member of the Dry Ridge City Council for the last 10 years, has talked trash for several months at the city’s monthly council meetings.

“I don’t want signs stuck at the end of all the exit ramps,” he said. “

He’s led the crusade to make Dry Ridge look better and has directed the council’s focus on signs, especially temporary signs.

“Recently there was a sign for a business chained to the guardrail and that’s just bull,” Edmondson said.
“I can’t find it in the city’s ordinances what we can do about this.”

Temporary signs, according to the city’s ordinances, are only allowed in the event of a zone change.
City Attorney Mike Mulvey  said the rules governing signs in the city were simple.

“It it isn’t in the books, then it isn’t allowed,” Mulvey said. “Political signs are allowed but businesses can only advertise on their property.”

Edmondson mentioned signs that have been damaged by the wind or left up after an event such as a yard sale.

“We’re trying to make the city look good and you’ve got signs that are broke or bowed,” he said. “These signs stuck all over the place make the city look cheesy and trashy. I don’t mind when people put up a yard sale sign on Thursday and take it down on Sunday, but I don’t like it when they just don’t come back and get them.”

Mulvey advised the council that since most of the signs were temporary and not permitted then city workers remove them and store them so people could retrieve them later.

“The number one thing is to not let people put them up and then number two if people do when you see them go up, then go and take it down,” Mulvey said.

But the city council isn’t satisfied and wants some type of ordinance for temporary signs and fees for them going up.

“Other cities have ordinances about temporary signs and people pay for them so this could be a revenue stream for the city,” Edmondson said. “We just need to decide how to police and monitor it.”

Council held discussion about the ordinance again on Dec. 5, but tabled the issue until more information could be gathered.

But signs aren’t the only thing on Edmondson’s mind. He also is concerned with issues such as cleanup on city streets, in Piddle Park and around the city in regards to trash.

Edmondson said that he and his wife have spent many Sunday afternoons gathering up signs and picking up trash.

“I want the city to be clean and I don’t mind helping keep it that way,” Edmondson said. “I’m not against small businesses because people have to make a living.”

Edmondson thanked the city maintenance workers – Jamie Rhoton, Ken Little and Bobby Robbins for the improvements.

“The city looks better and I’ve impressed with how things look, but there are still a few things I’d like done,” he said.

Edmondson’s comments prompted a discussion about other areas of concern like bushes that need to be cut back to help visibility and properties that need to be cleaned.

“We can ask people to clean up,” said Dry Ridge Mayor Clay Crupper and Bobby Robbins, maintenance supervisor, in unison.

“What you don’t realize is how many people notice this stuff,” said council member John Renaker. “Stuff that we can do that doesn’t cost a lot, we need to do.”

“The citizens deserve and want us to do those things so we need to do what we can,” Crupper said.