For the purpose of this section, a non-conforming sign shall be defined as a sign existing at the effective date of this chapter or on a later date when the property is annexed to the city, and which was constructed in accordance with chapters and other applicable laws in effect on the date of its construction, but which is not in conformance with the requirements of this chapter.
   (A)   All non-conforming signs made of paper, cloth or other non-durable material are to be removed or made to conform to this chapter within thirty (30) days of the adoption of this chapter.
   (B)   All temporary signs other than those permitted herein are to be removed or made to conform to this chapter within six (6) months of the adoption of this chapter.
   (C)   Should a non-conforming sign be moved for any reason, it shall thereafter conform to this chapter and the regulations for the district in which it is located after it is moved.
   (D)   Nothing in this section shall prevent the ordinary maintenance or repair of a non- conforming sign or replacement of a broken part of a non-conforming sign. Replacement of broken parts of a non-conforming sign is permitted so long as it does not change the dimensions, location or size.
   (E)   Whenever a non-conforming sign is damaged by wind, fire or other casualty, the sign may be repaired, restored or replaced to the same size, height and location as existed prior to the damage or destruction. The sign may not be modified in any way which would make it more non-conforming.
   (F)   Upon failure to comply with the above within the time specified, the Administrator may cause removal and disposal of any non-conforming sign. Any expense incident thereto, including reasonable attorney fees, shall be paid by the owner, agent or lessee of the sign or of the property upon which the sign is located.
(Ord. 99-06, passed 6-7-99) Penalty, see § 158.99