Temporary mobile signs that line our main streets and gateways have been an issue of much debate at both City Council and with the Windsor Licensing Commission. Last summer the City of Windsor started to crack down on mobile signs after many were found to be on public right of ways, or did not have the needed permits to display them on their property.
A blitz conducted last summer resulted in the removal of 42 illegally placed signs on public property. The City had contracted Myers Towing to remove the illegal signs and this cost the city $4,395.70 in 2010.
Reports that came before the Licensing Commission in early January resulted in the decision to revoke one mobile sign company’s license and not renew a second. The commission must now remove all the illegal signs placed by these companies, which is estimated to be around 200. Once removed, they must be held for 30 days in accordance with the City’s sign by-law.
The City’s set cost is $65.00 to remove a sign, $20.00 for an extra employee to assist in the removal and a $10.00 storage fee. It is estimated to remove the 200 signs they will need a budget of $20,000.