On The Agenda: Temporary Signs, Surrounded Property

By Beacon Staff

Kalispell City Council meets tonight at 7 p.m. for a work session where no formal votes are allowed.

The first item on the agenda involves a topic that has been bothering some local merchants and real estate agents for months regarding temporary free-standing signs. These sandwich board-type signs for coffee shops, or set at the end of a street to advertise a new development, violate city ordinance in some cases. To remedy this, the council examine language to allow such signs under the following circumstances:

A permit could be issued for a set period of time for a fee of, possibly, $250 per year. The sign can’t be placed in a right-of-way; there must be property owner permission; it must be removed at the end of each day; and a sunset clause must exist for when the sign can no longer be placed in a given location.

The second and final item on the agenda involves the council’s ongoing effort to identify and annex county land wholly surrounded by city property, which causes difficulties for firefighting, among other municipal services. A full map of the areas up for discussion is available on the city’s Web site.

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