§ 152.17  GROUND SIGNS.
   (A)   Ground signs or billboards may be constructed of combustible materials if approved by the City Manager. Also, the letters, figures, characters or representation in cut out, or irregular form, decorations and structural trim of ground signs may be made of approved combustible materials if approved by the City Manager.
   (B)   In case of all ground signs hereafter erected, replaced or reconstructed, none shall be set with its bottom less than 1½ feet above ground at its lowest point which space shall not be closed in any manner while the ground sign stands, nor shall any such ground sign approach nearer than six feet to any building or to the side line of any lot, nor nearer than two feet to any other ground sign. A ground sign being erected perpendicular to the sidewalk line shall be set back three feet from said sidewalk line; and where a ground sign is being erected at any other angle (less than 90º) to the sidewalk line, then it shall be set back at least three feet.
   (C)   Where buildings are hereafter built near or adjacent to a ground sign, such ground sign shall be so moved or cut off as to leave a space of not less than six feet between the building and the sign.
   (D)   Ground signs may be erected flat against the wall of a building provided they do not exceed the height and size requirements as described in § 152.26(E) and are securely fastened to the walls of the building and do not obstruct any window, exit or fire escape.
   (E)   Every such ground sign shall be safely and securely constructed, anchored, fastened end located in accordance with the provisions of this chapter, and shall be subject to the approval of the City Manager.
   (F)   The person operating or maintaining or in charge, possession or control of any ground signs within the city shall maintain the same at all times in as clean a condition as possible, removing all loose or torn material from the boards and removing all paper, paste and other waste material from the grounds around the boards and the grounds shall be maintained clean and free from noxious weeds. The framework shall be neatly painted.
   (G)   Letters, figures, characters or representation in cut out or irregular form, maintained in conjunction with, attached to or superimposed upon any sign shall be safely and securely built, or attached to the sign structure.
   (H)   No ground sign shall be erected so as to obstruct free access to any building on the premises.
(Ord. passed 6-14-88)  Penalty, see § 152.99