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Downtown Grandview businesses express concern over temporary banners

GRANDVIEW - Last month, members of the Grandview community came together to hear what had been learned from downtown businesses as far as the chamber of commerce's downtown revitalization efforts were concerned. One subject that came up was that of banners and other temporary signs.

According to Grandview Chamber of Commerce President Jim Herriman, one of the things University of Washington intern Elaine Wright, who was hired to conduct a survey of downtown businesses, found was that several business owners felt that some businesses hung too many banners. He added that some business owners also felt that banners were left up too long, often until they were no longer in good repair.

"They wanted to see some kind of regulation on that," Herriman explained.

Then last week, Grandview City Councilwoman Joan Souders brought this concern about temporary banners to members of the city council. Souders said she attended the Aug. 17 meeting and wanted to let the council know some of the items that were discussed. One of the items she brought up was the concern about banners.

Grandview City Administrator Jim Sewell noted that Souders brought up the banner concern because she thought it was one subject the city could tackle to help show support for the chamber's downtown revitalization efforts.

Souders said she also mentioned that business owners had expressed a need for more garbage cans in the downtown corridor, something else she felt the city could help the chamber with.

Both Souders and Sewell said that city council has not made any formal decision in regards to temporary signs in the downtown area. Sewell said council indicated that it would like to hear from the chamber of commerce before tackling the subject.

In the meantime, the City of Grandview already has a temporary sign ordinance in place as part of its uniform sign code.

The code deals with everything from the size of the signs, to where they can be located and how long they can be kept up. According to the code, temporary signs should be up no longer than 60 days.

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