Bill's Newscast: Scrutinizing the Sign Ordinance

10 October 2018  
What to do about signs?

Some Prescott organizations are benefiting from Community Impact Grant funding.  

The Arizona Friends of Foster Children Foundation and the Highlands Center for Natural History are each receiving 25 hundred dollars from Unisource Energy Services.    The Foundation will use its money to provide financial assistance for foster children who are wards of the court while the Highlands Center will use its share for field trips to the Prescott National Forest.  The Central Arizona Seniors Association will use 2 thousand dollars to fund the delivery of meals to seniors’ homes and the Yavapai CASA for Kids Foundation will use 15 hundred dollars to fund clothing allowances for 25 foster youths seeking employment.  The Arizona Children’s Association and the Prescott Area Habitat Home are each getting 1 thousand dollars.  The Association helps struggling families pay their rent and utilities while Habitat Home has an affordable housing program for limited income residents.   

A Cottonwood man has been sentenced to over 145 years in prison after he shot at federal officers.  

On October 28th, 2016, law enforcement agents arrived at a Tucson hotel to serve an arrest warrant on 47 year old Jack Voris.  Voris was armed with a handgun and he shot at officers, but missed.  After a 5 hour standoff with the Pima County Sheriff’s Department, he eventually surrendered to law enforcement.  Voris was found guilty of 6 counts of assault on a federal officer and weapons offenses by a federal jury in Tucson in February of this year.    

Signs, signs everywhere signs in Prescott, and there could be changes underway.  

City officials say as a result of a Supreme Court decision in 2015, Council has adopted these regulations to ensure the Land Development Code conformed to constitutional protections of free speech.  Council has raised concerns over size restrictions of individual temporary signs and permits, as well as sizes for temporary commercial signs.  Options include keeping the current regulations in place, allowing larger temporary signs or requiring a permit and fee for certain types of temporary signs, such as banners over a certain size.  The Planning and Zoning Commission will discuss what direction to give to Council during its meeting, which starts at 9 tomorrow morning at City Hall, located on South Cortez Street.  



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