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(A) For the purpose of this section, the following definition shall apply unless the context clearly indicates or requires a different meaning.
SIGN. Any identification, description, display or illustration which is affixed to, or painted or represented directly or indirectly on, a building or other outdoor surface or parcel of land, and which directs attention to an object, product, place, activity, business, person, service or interest.
(B) No sign or billboard will be permitted until permits are obtained therefor, except as regulated otherwise in this section.
(C) (1) Signs not exceeding one square foot in area and bearing only property numbers, address numbers, names of occupants of the premises and their professions; temporary signs in connection with special events; or real estate signs are exempted.
(2) The sign shall not exceed 16 square feet.
(D) Signs may be illuminated, but not flashing or animated.
(E) A projected sign shall not exceed 32 square feet in surface area on each side.
(F) A flat sign cannot project out over 18 inches from the building. Flat signs cannot be more than 30% of the area of the width of the building. Flat signs shall be mounted on the face of the building only.
(G) All signs shall be kept in repair and in proper state of preservation.
(H) Whenever any movable or unattached sign is erected or maintained in violation of this section, the sign may be removed by action of the Building Commission and the Town Council after notifying the person responsible for the erection of the sign and giving the person a period of time not to exceed seven days to correct the violation.
(I) All signs not described above shall be considered non-conforming and may be allowed subject to approval of the Building Commissioner, the Planning Commission and the Town Council.
(J) All applications for sign permits shall be accompanied by a sketch of the design, dimensions, colors and mounting specs. Any deviation from the submitted design must be approved by the Building Commissioner prior to the erection of the sign.
(K) All signs must be aesthetically suitable to the surrounding buildings.
(L) Permits for all permanent signs shall be issued by the Building Commissioner for a fee of $15.
(M) Anyone who violates any provision of this section shall be subject to a fine as set forth in § 154.999 of this chapter, in addition to subjecting the sign to removal pursuant to division (H) above.
(Prior Code, § 154.017) (Ord. 5-1984, passed 10-2-1984) Penalty, see § 154.999