City cuts lifespan of temp signs

Measure targets election messages

Julye Keeble

Staff writer

Though it won’t be enforced until after the current election cycle, Uvalde City Council voted Tuesday night to amend the ordinance regulating political signage, via folding the category into that of temporary signs.

City planning director Susan Anderson stated the ordinance also limits signs to one per candidate, per yard, with corner lots being allowed to have one sign facing each street.

The move would simply define the length of time any non-permanent sign can be posted. These transitory signs may be posted for a total of 90 days in a six-month period, and for not more than 180 days in any calendar year.

The vote was 5-1, with Councilman Rogelio M. Muñoz voting against the measure.

“We’ve talked about where we pass an ordinance but we don’t police it, what’s the point of making ordinance when we don’t have the manpower to do it?” Munoz said, going on say he believes homeowners will regulate sign placement themselves.

City manager Vince DiPiazza said city code enforcement is reactive, responding to complaints that are submitted to the city rather than actively looking for violations, and the original discussion regarding political signs was in response to a complaint.


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