It's that time of year again...when you start seeing
neighbors hosting garage sales and community events...
but along with that...comes more signs being placed
To prevent too much signage this year.
two area communities are stepping up enforcement.
News 8's Brittany Schmidt joins us now with the details.
It's an issue community officals in Holmen and Onalaska
say comes up every year....but the rules have basically
stayed the same.
Temporary signs are allowed on private property...but
as soon as they pop up in public property...it becomes
To prevent it from happening this year, they are trying
to get ahead of the curve and enforce the rules early...
If you drive through the village of holmen...
car going by
you have a good chance of being greeted....by a sign.
when people come into the village, they could see
3,4,5,6 garage sale signs at the intersections that
are entrances to our community.
In the last year we are seeing more temporary signs.
they are community event signs, there are signs advertising
Not only are temporary signs showing up more often...but
they are being planted in the wrong places
Some of the signs were placed in locations that were
some what of a traffic hazard as well, right nest
to the paved roadway, not off in the grassy area,
right in the gravel shoulder.
Signs are not allowed in the boulevards or in the
road right of way either.
So that's the median inbetween the road way and the
grassy strip between the road and the sidewalks so
that is all considered part of the road right of
But as the number of signs increase, so too will the
enforcement this year.
In Holmen, officials will simply remove the illegal
If you put it right behind the curb at a major interesction
in the community, you can pretty much expect that
it will be taken down and disposed of.
However, in Onalaska...officials have a different
plan....a no cost permit...for community events and
we will talk to them about the regulations for the
signs and that they are placed in the right area and
that there are not an abundance of signs on a couple
It's an effort to educate residents...
before temporary signs become the new welcome sign
There are some exceptions to the new permit policy
You do not need a permit for garage sale signs or
Home for sale signs.
If you would like to take a closer look at the new
policy, just head to the city of Onalaska's website.
The free permits in Onalaska can be picked up from
the inspection department at city hall.