Eureka may declare moratorium on electronic signs

Mad River Union

EUREKA – The Eureka City Council is scheduled this evening to consider an urgency ordinance declaring a temporary moratorium on electronic signs within the city limits. The council meets at 6 p.m. at Eureka City Hall, 531 K St., Eureka.

The urgency ordinance, which would require a four-fifths vote to pass, would impose a 45-day moratorium on the acceptance of new applications for electronic signs.

“If adopted, the interim ordinance would apply citywide,” states a staff report on the ordinance. “It would prohibit the submission or acceptance of applications for the installation, erection, construction, replacement, modification or improvement of Electronic Message Centers. It would not require existing Electronic Message Centers to cease operation, or to be removed.”

The moratorium is in response to public complaints about electronic signs, which some say cause visual blight and distract motorists.

The city intends to revisit its sign ordinance in the coming months to address the impacts of electronic signs.

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