GRANTS PASS, Ore. -- There are signs at the corner of Grants Pass Parkway and M Street in Grants Pass. The city says they are billboards. Now, they're at the center of a code debate.
The area is perhaps one of the most visible intersections in Grants Pas and the billboards are seen by many people every day.
Lora Glover is the Director of Parks and Community Development for the city. She says billboards are not allowed on vacant property.
"Billboards are defined in the municipal code as a sign that's on a vacant property, doesn't have a building on it." explains Glover. "Then when we go down into the different categories of permitted or exempt or prohibited, billboards are prohibited."
The structure holding the signs is nearly 15 feet high and would need to be permitted as a structure.
Still, some have questioned the city getting involved. They say that since the signs often contain political messages, the move is political.
Mayor Darin Fowler, however, disagrees. "There's no basis for that," he states. "We've been slow-playing this for a year and a half, to try and get this guy to understand we just want him to get a permit for it so we can inspect it. Or to bring it down to regulation height and he has decided to do neither so far."
Now, the city has issued a citation. The owner of the signs says he hasn't received proper notice.
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