Trustees might allow garage sale signs in parkways

By on December 19, 2008

by Martha Quetsch

            Come spring, an Elburn resident who wants to hold a garage sale might be able to post signs on village parkways to advertise it; but only if the Village Board approves a proposed change to the village sign ordinance.

            Currently, the village does not allow people to put up signs in village rights of way without a special permit. When people violate the rule, Elburn police are obligated to take down the signs, which upsets some people.

            “It’s been a little bit of a lightning rod,” Elburn Police Chief Jim Linane said.

            Linane said his officers collect illegal garage sale signs, take them to the police station and keep them for a day or two before disposing of them; then the sign owners have an opportunity to recover them.

            Under the proposed ordinance change, directional garage sale signs up to two-by-three feet could be placed in village parkways without a permit; however, the signs still would not be allowed on state or county rights of way on Keslinger Road or Route 47, Community Development Director Erin Willrett said.

            Village officials also proposed that no balloons or banners be allowed as attachments to the signs. In addition, if a resident whose property abuts the right of way objects to the sign, it would have to come down.

            Linane suggested that the ordinance require that signs may not be up more than 24 hours before the garage sale and come down as soon as the sale is over. The ordinance change is among several possible revisions to the village sign code that trustees are reviewing.