§ 151.27  PROHIBITED SIGNS.
   (A)   General. Any sign which is not specifically permitted in §§ 151.30 through 151.35 below shall be prohibited. Billboards shall not be allowed.
   (B)   Obstructing doors, windows or fire escapes. No person shall erect or display on any site any sign which prevents free ingress to or egress from any door, window or fire escape.
   (C)   Obstructing vision/sight triangle. No person shall erect or display on any site any sign in such a manner as to obstruct free and clear vision at any location, street, intersection or driveway.
   (D)   Interference with traffic. No person shall erect or display on any site any sign which interferes with vehicular or pedestrian traffic as a result of the position, size, shape, movement, color, fashion, manner or intensity of illumination or any other characteristics causing such interference. Nor shall any person erect or allow to be displayed any sign in such a manner as to interfere with, obstruct the view of, or be confused with any authorized traffic sign, signal or device, including, without limitation, signs making use of the words “stop,” “go,” “look,” “slow,” “danger” or any other similar word, phrase, symbol or character, or employ any red, yellow, green or other colored lamp or light in such a manner as to cause confusion or otherwise interfere with vehicular or pedestrian traffic.
   (E)   Portable signs. No person shall erect or display on any site any portable sign.
   (F)   Certain illuminated signs.
      (1)   No sign shall be illuminated to such an intensity or in such a manner as to cause a glare or brightness to a degree that it constitutes a hazard or nuisance to traffic. Moving, flashing, intermittent lighted, changing color, revolving or similarly constructed signs shall not be allowed.
      (2)   No lighted sign shall be erected or displayed within 150 feet of residentially zoned property unless the lighting is shielded from view of the residential zoned property and indirect light does not exceed one-half lumen measured from any property line of the residentially zoned property.
   (G)   Signs projecting in/on/over public property or public right-of-way. It shall be prohibited to erect or display any type of sign in, on, or over public rights-of-way (R.O.W.) or other public property, including, but not limited to, signs attached to any public utility pole or structure, street light, tree, fence, fire hydrant, bridge, curb, sidewalk, park bench, or any other location on public property.
      (1)   Exception. Political signs posted during a voting period at the designated polling place and premises located at 200 Laurence Drive in the city shall only be located within the following defined area boundary:
         (a)   Inside a line established from the most southern right-of-way line of Laurence Drive and extending a southward distance of 31 feet from said right-of-way, to a point of beginning located 52 feet from back of curb of Bois d'Arc Road (FM 740); then
         (b)   From the point of beginning, said line shall extend eastward to a point for corner located 100 feet from the back of curb for the concrete parking lot located within the premises of 200 Laurence Drive; then
         (c)   Said line to extend northward back to the southern right-of-way of Laurence Drive to a point for corner; then
         (d)   Said line to extend westward along the southern right-of-way of Laurence Drive to a point for corner located 52 feet from back of curb of Bois d'Arc Road (FM 740); then
         (e)   Said line to extend 31 feet southward to the point of beginning described in division (G)(1)(a) above, with said boundary to be clearly marked by the city.
      (2)   Political signs erected pursuant to this division may be displayed in the above defined designated location no earlier than 45 days prior to the date of the election and must be removed within two days following the last day of voting at each location for each primary, general, and special election.
      (3)   Political signs erected pursuant to this division may not be illuminated and may not have moving elements.
      (4)   Political signs erected pursuant to this division may not be dilapidated or cause a public health or safety hazard.
      (5)   Political signs erected pursuant to this division may not block vehicular visibility.
      (6)   Political signs erected pursuant to this division may not extend over any public sidewalk, trail, or path.
      (7)   Political signs shall not be affixed to any plant material, fence, traffic control device, light, trailer, vehicle, or any other existing structure or object.
      (8)   Political signs are limited to one sign within the above-defined designated location for each candidate or ballot item.
      (9)   The city may, without notice, confiscate and dispose of any political sign that is placed in violation of this division or not removed as required by this division.
   (H)   Roof signs.
      (1)   Any sign erected on a vertical framework supported by and located immediately and entirely over the roof of a building is prohibited.
      (2)   Any sign attached to a fascia extending above the projection of the fascia shall be prohibited.
      (3)   The painting or otherwise affixing of signs on a roof is prohibited.
   (I)   Signs on utility poles. No person shall erect or display any sign on any utility pole located upon any public right-of-way or utility easement.
   (J)   Political signs on private property. A person commits an offense if the person displays a political sign on private property unless the person has the permission of the property owner and the sign:
      (1)   Is not more than eight feet high;
      (2)   Has an effective area less than 36 feet;
      (3)   Is not illuminated;
      (4)   Does not have any moving elements; and
      (5)   Is not generally available for rent or purchase and/or designed to carry commercial advertising or other messages that are not primarily political.
(Ord. 060518D, passed 6-18-2006; Ord. 190212C, passed 2-12-2019) Penalty, see § 10.99