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(A) All signs shall be constructed in such manner and of such material that they shall be safe, properly secured, supported and braced, and shall be kept in good repair. The city may order the removal of any sign which becomes a public hazard.
(B) No sign shall be erected or maintained which obstructs free and clear vision of traffic, traffic signals or interferes with ingress/egress, or generally creates a traffic hazard to persons or property.
(C) No sign shall be allowed in the public right-of-way or in a public easement, except for the following:
(1) Public Service signs.
(2) Informational signs of a public utility regarding its poles, lines, pipes or facilities as regulated by the Kentucky Manual of Uniform Traffic Control.
(3) Awning, projecting and suspended signs projecting over a public right-of- way as permitted herein.
(4) Emergency warning signs erected by a governmental agency, a public utility company or a contractor doing authorized or permitted work in the public right-of-way as regulated by the Kentucky Manual of Uniform Traffic Control.
(5) Beautification signs.
(6) Banners/flags placed on utility poles in the downtown area so long as they contain no commercial message or logo and permission is granted by the appropriate authority.
(7) Subdivision identification signs in accordance with § 158.19(A)
(D) No sign may be placed within a public right-of-way without the prior written consent of the appropriate public authority affected.
(E) Any sign erected or placed on public property, except in conformance with this chapter, shall be forfeited and subject to confiscation. In addition to other remedies herein, the city shall have the right to recover from the owner or person placing such a sign, the full costs of removal, storage and/or disposal of such sign.
(Ord. 99-06, passed 6-7-99) Penalty, see § 158.99