[HISTORY: Adopted by the Town Council of the Town of Coventry as indicated in article histories. Amendments noted where applicable.]
Article I Signs Prohibited
[Adopted 12-10-2007 by Ord. No. 10-07-262]
Note: Yard sale signs shall have a grace period of 72 hours before this ordinance shall take effect.
As used in this article, the following terms shall have the meanings indicated:
- PUBLIC WAY
- Any Town way or state highway or as defined in Title 45 of the Rhode Island General Laws.
- An object, device, display, structure or part thereof, situated outdoors, which is used to advertise, identify, display, direct or attract attention to an object, person, institution, organization, business, product, service, event or location by means of words, letters, figures, designs, symbols, fixtures, colors, illumination or projected images. The term "sign" includes, without limitation, posters, placards, flyers, leaflets, handbills, circulars and any kinds of posted notices.
No person shall place or cause to be placed any sign on any utility pole, light pole, traffic control device or tree within the right-of-way of any public way.
Any person who places or causes to be placed a sign in violation of this article commits a civil violation for which a civil penalty of no less than $100 and no more than $250 shall be imposed. Each day a sign remains in violation of this article constitutes a separate violation. Further, the Municipal Court shall have the power, in its sole discretion, to assess reimbursement to the Town of Coventry for any reasonable costs of removal and/or storage of any sign.
In lieu of or in addition to seeking civil penalties, the Town of Coventry may remove any sign existing in violation of this article according to the following procedure:
Prior to removing a sign, the Town shall attempt to contact the owner of the sign based on any identifying information which appears on the sign.
If the Town succeeds in contacting the owner of the sign, the Town shall order the owner to remove the sign within 24 hours and notify the owner that if the owner does not remove the sign, the Town will remove the sign and destroy it. Such order and notification may be oral or written.
If the owner does not remove the sign within 24 hours after being ordered to do so or if the Town is unable to contact the owner of the sign, the Town may remove the sign and store it in a secure location on Town property.
The Town shall store the sign for at least seven days. If by the end of the seven days the owner has not reclaimed the sign, the Town may destroy or otherwise dispose of the sign.
This article shall be enforced by the Town of Coventry Code Enforcement Officer/Building Official.
This article applies in addition to the restrictions and requirements applicable to signs under Article 15 of the Zoning Ordinance of the Town of Coventry, and any other Town ordinance. In the event of conflict or inconsistency between applicable ordinances, the more restrictive ordinance shall govern.
This article does not apply to signs placed by governmental authorities.