Signs of compromise: Businesses, Kokomo officials reach deals on tornado-damaged billboards


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KOKOMO, Indiana — The city of Kokomo is reaching settlements with billboard owners allowing some of the 15 signs destroyed by a November tornado to go back up.

Plan Commission Director Greg Sheline tells the Kokomo Tribune (http://bit.ly/1qiLLmj ) the city has reached deals with JR Promotions and Perma Advertising allowing three billboards to be either repaired or replaced. Talks are continuing with a third company that lost 11 billboards in the Nov. 17 storm.

The billboard owners had protested a new ordinance that requires the damaged signs to be removed. The ordinance prohibits off-premises signs and doesn't allow for their repair.

Sheline says the intent of ordering the billboards down was to reduce clutter along Indiana 931, but the city has been willing to work with business owners to reach a compromise.


Information from: Kokomo Tribune, http://www.ktonline.com

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