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Lakemore firm on political sign placement

9/19/2013 - South Side Leader
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By Emily Chesnic

Also, village dedicates soccer fields to Gerald Sanner

After the Sept. 16 Lakemore Council meeting, members of the Gerald and Nancy Sanner family, alongside Mayor Rick Justice, display a sign to be erected at Lakemore’s soccer fields off Sanitarium Road in honor of Gerald Sanner.
Photo: Emily Chesnic
LAKEMORE — Lakemore is placing a large, honorary sign on village property and, in turn, addressing the type of signs they do not want to see on public grounds.

Signage was the focus of the Sept. 16 Council meeting.

Since the Nov. 5 General Election quickly is approaching, Council approved legislation regulating the usage of political signs in the village.

In the past, village officials confronted issues regarding election signage, specifically signs placed on village property.

According to the approved ordinance, political signage is defined as “signage used for the purpose of assisting a campaign for election of any person to any office or for the promotion of or opposition to any ballot proposition.”

The legislation states public facilities may not be used for the placement of political signs and signs may not be posted or placed on any village owned or leased property or located within the public right-of-way.

“Such signage should be located on private property only with the property owner’s authorization,” according to the ordinance.

Village officials said all signs placed in the public right-of-way immediately would be removed.

At the start of the meeting, Mayor Rick Justice presented Nancy Sanner a sign that soon would be placed at the village’s soccer fields off of Sanitarium Road in honor of her late husband, Gerald Sanner. The sign reads, “Dedicated to Gerald Sanner.”

Justice said Gerald Sanner spent a great deal of time working on the fields to strengthen local soccer opportunities.

Additionally at the meeting, Council approved the termination of Dakota Parsell and William Hopkins and resignations from Elizabeth Smith and Larry Burge from the Lakemore Fire Department.

Council also heard the second reading of a resolution to re-appoint Robb Seders for a six-year term on the Lakemore Planning Commission, with the term to expire Oct. 7, 2019, and the second reading of a resolution approving the purchase of Utility XP Billing Software from Government Accounting Solutions at a cost of $3,000 for the initial license fee and an additional $1,300 annually to cover the software subscription fee.

In other village business, the annual Halloween Party for children will take place Oct. 26 at 1 p.m. at the Municipal Building, 1400 Main St. Trick-or-treat hours will follow the party, from 5 to 7 p.m. Before the party, the Lakemore Firefighters Association will hold its regular Halloween Pancake Breakfast from 9 a.m. to noon at the station on Main Street.

Councilwoman Anne Snyder said the auction for the painted rain barrel will end at noon, and the winner will be announced. The bids start at $60 and can be placed at the Municipal Building, she said.

The next regular Lakemore Village Council meeting will take place Oct. 7 at 7 p.m. at the Municipal Building, 1400 Main St.

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