DUBLIN -- The city has moved to prevent tacky or never-ending "temporary" business signs and banners that promote special events such as grand-opening or going-out-of-business sales.

Signs can't be created anymore by just anyone with a felt pen or paint brush -- now the city has quality standards. Under an ordinance change by the City Council, temporary business signs must be durable, rain- and wind-resistant and designed and made by either professional signmakers, graphic artists or people judged by Dublin's community development director to be capable signmakers.

The City Council also decided that a business can post a grand-opening or going-out-of-business sign just once in its lifetime. The sign can be displayed for up to 60 consecutive days.

"It's ridiculous," said Mayor Tim Sbranti. "We have going-out-of-business sales that go on a decade."

Sbranti said the rule changes balance businesses' need for temporary signs with community aesthetics. Councilwoman Kasie Hildenbrand agreed, saying some businesses have had several "grand openings."

The City Council approved the sign ordinance changes Oct. 16 on a 5-0 vote. No one spoke against the changes, which were discussed in several City Council and Planning Commission meetings earlier this year.

Contact Denis Cuff at 925-943-8267.

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