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Letter: More signs moving around DeKalb

Published: Friday, April 19, 2013 5:30 a.m. CDT

To the Editor:

A front-page article in the Daily Chronicle on April 8 described DeKalb Alderman Dave Baker’s attempts to convince the City Council to change its ordinance on moving or rotating signs so that he may have a moving mannequin sign in front of his store.

The city of DeKalb has deemed this sign to be in violation of the aforementioned sign ordinance. Although I support the current ordinance prohibiting moving signs, I believe that in this case Baker is being unfairly singled out by the city.

On just about any given day, a drive down Sycamore Road will reveal “moving” signs in the form of the sail-shaped signs designed to blow and move in the breeze.

You may also find the tube shaped signs powered by a fan at the bottom that cause the tube sign to bend, sway and stand erect on a continuous basis. And yes, even the costumed people jumping around on the corner or in front of a business while holding a sign may violate the ordinance, as was stated in the article.

I noted that I support the current ordinance against moving signs and do not believe Baker should be permitted to have one. My issue lies in the fact that the enforcement of the ordinance is not carried out fairly across the board.

Mike Williams


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