City of Tyler re-evaluating sign ordinance

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TYLER, TX (KLTV) - What signs should businesses be allowed to have in the City of Tyler? How long can they have them in place? What happens if you don't follow the rules when it comes to those signs? Those are all questions the City of Tyler wants you to help answer.

During the Tyler 21 campaign in 2007, people in Tyler told the city they wanted the city's sign ordinance, which has been in place since the 1980's, to be enforced more strictly.

So, that's what the city has been doing. At the Tyler Public Library, city representatives are re-evaluating the code, to see what people think about it. They are asking people to come by the meeting, and visit with city staff.

Earlier Thursday, a few local car dealers, including Robert Peltier, came by and offered some pretty strong opinions because he feels like the ordinance isn't being enforced the same way for every case.

"We don't mind being a target [because] they came to us first and we followed the rules," said Robert Peltier, President of Peltier Motors. "All we want them to do is let everybody else follow the rules. That doesn't seem too hard."

"Anything that's balloon-like or that flutters, especially some of those tall balloons that drop down, and pop back up, they can be very visually distracting to a driver," said Barbara Holly, City of Tyler Planning Director. "Anything that's going to take a driver's attention off the road is something that most sign ordinances, including ours, do not allow."

The city will be at the library until 7pm Thursday night answering questions.

They have pamphlets explaining to people about which signs are and aren't allowed. But, they really want people to fill out the survey because they hope to have a recommendation to take to the city council by January. You can fill out a survey on the City of Tyler's website.

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