§ 164.40  MAINTENANCE.
   (A)   All signs and their structures shall be maintained by the sign owner and/or the owner of record of the real property upon which the sign is located in good repair, and safe condition and shall conform to the standards in this section. Maintenance carried out in accordance with this section shall not require a sign permit, provided the sign is not enlarged, moved or altered in any manner which would create or increase a nonconforming condition. Any sign violating these requirements shall be repaired or removed as required.
   (B)   No sign shall be allowed to have more than 20% of its total surface area covered with disfigured, cracked, ripped or peeling paint or poster paper, or any combination of these conditions for more than 30 consecutive days.
   (C)   No sign shall be allowed to stand with bent or broken sign facing, broken supports, loose appendages or struts which cause the sign to stand more than 15 degrees from the perpendicular for more than 30 consecutive days.
   (D)   No sign or sign structure shall be allowed to have weeds, vines or other vegetation obscuring more than 20% of the sign from the road or highway from which it is intended to be viewed for more than 30 consecutive days.
   (E)   No illuminated sign shall be allowed to stand with only partial illumination for more than 30 consecutive days.
   (F)   No sign or sign structure shall be allowed to stand if a business no longer exists and the issued permit is not transferred within one year.
   (G)   No sign shall be allowed to emit beams or rays of light which are directed on any residential dwelling or at any portion of a roadway and are of such intensity as to impair a driver’s vision, thereby interfering with the operation of a motor vehicle.
(Ord. passed 1-22-08)