The purpose of this ordinance is to promote the public health, safety and welfare through the regulation of placement, type, appearance, servicing and insuring of Newsracks on public rights-of-way so as to:
   (A)   Provide for pedestrian and driving safety and convenience;
   (B)   Provide for the safety of the public and property during severe windstorm conditions;
   (C)   Provide reasonable access for the use and maintenance of poles, posts, traffic signs or signals, hydrants, mailboxes and access to locations used for public transportation purposes;
   (D)   Restrict unreasonable interference with the flow of pedestrian or vehicular traffic including ingress into or egress from any residence or place of business, or from the street to the sidewalk by persons exiting or entering parked or standing vehicles;
   (E)   Relocate and/or replace newsracks which result in drivers sight line obstruction, a visual blight and/or excessive space allocation on the public rights-of-way, or which unreasonably detract from the aesthetics of store window displays, adjacent landscaping and other improvements, as well as to have abandoned newsracks removed;
   (F)   Reduce unnecessary exposure of the public to personal injury or property damage;
   (G)   Maintain and protect the values of surrounding properties and prevent damage to grass right-of-way areas;
   (H)   Treat all newspapers equally regardless of their size, content, circulation, or frequency of publication;
   (I)   Cooperate to the maximum with newspaper distributors;
   (J)   Maintain and preserve freedom of the press.
(Ord. O-95-47, passed 9-20-95; Am. Ord. O-2000-26, passed 6-21-00)