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S'side Council tables sign ordinance

Sunnyside's long awaited sign code ordinance will have to wait a bit longer.

Citing a pending court decision between the city and political billboard owner Tom Paul, council member Jim Restucci on Monday night moved that the ordinance be tabled.

Noting that sign ordinance action taken by council could be undone by the court, Restucci urged caution.

The approved motion to table the sign ordinance followed a discussion on the proposed code.

While the city planning commission suggested grandfathering in existing billboards, city staff urged council to have them removed over a three-year period following the ordinance's passage.

City Manager Bob Stockwell said calling for removal of all billboards is the only way to clean up the entryway corridors to Sunnyside.

The ordinance would also address beer and alcohol signs within sight distance of churches, schools and parks. Further, banners attached to neighboring fences would have to be removed.

No date was given for reconsidering the tabled motion, pending outcome of the city's efforts to obtain a court order against Paul's sign on South First Street.

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