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Businesses in violation of sign ordinance may hear from the city

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YAKIMA, Wash- The city of Yakima is making good on their promise to crackdown on businesses violating the sidewalk-sign ordinance.  In August the city council passed a new set of restrictions for sandwich boards but announced they wouldn't be enforcing the new rules until January.  Now the city says they have previous violators on their radar.

"Between 15 and 20 [businesses]that we had complaints before the ordinance was amended we will probably be notifying or checking on those locations next week or the week after", says acting code enforcement manager Joe Caruso.

Under the ordinance sidewalk signs can only be used if the owner has a right -of-way permit from the city.  The signs have to be taken in every night at 10, be located in front of the business they are advertising, and cannot be in the way of pedestrians.  Also, businesses must have liability insurance and there can only be one sign per business. Violators face fines of $250 a day. 

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