Does the frequent parking of sign-covered delivery trucks near city streets and highways constitute a violation of the city’s sign ordinance?
And, if not, should the law be amended?
Those were questions posed by Ward III Alderman James A. Yelton at the last City Board meeting.
Yelton said he was speaking primarily of some sign-emblazoned furniture and rental center store delivery trucks that are placed close to streets.
He contends doing so in shopping center parking lots gives those businesses more sign space than the law allows and more space than their neighbors who don’t have trucks.
Batesville Code Enforcement Office Administrator Pam Comer told Yelton and others the current sign ordinance does not address that specific issue. She said the law relates to signage allowed on buildings.
"Check with Oxford," suggested Code Enforcement Officer Thomas Burnett. "They have some pretty stiff sign regulations."
"We don’t want to be too stiff," Yelton said, "but in these shopping centers if a business is only allowed 28 square feet [of signage] it’s not right for others to have more by using the trucks."
In another matter, Ward IV Alderman Bobbie Jean Pounders questioned the legality of placing "For Sale" signs on cars and parking them alongside city streets and highways.
Comer said she will check into the existing regulations regarding that issue and, if need be, will find out what other cities do to regulate such car sales.