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Ethics code and sign law passed

Last-minute changes reduce nepotism restrictions, right-of-way distance

— Some residents questioned the cost of enforcing the sign ban on specific roads and said an issue could arise if the political signs of one party are left up longer than the signs of another. Clarkson had mentioned he did not think it would be an issue because it would look bad to voters if they noticed a candidate had placed signs in an illegal area.

The law passed 3-2 with the changes to the right-of-way distance. Councilman Kyle Kotary and Councilwoman Joann Dawson voted against the law, saying it is too complicated.

Kotary added he believes the law limits freedom of speech, erodes the rights of property owners and make the town responsible for enforcing state and county codes.

“And it still does not really provide any relief to community organizations and not-for-profits who brought this to our attention in the first place,” he said.

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