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Marion Pushes For Law For Speedier Sign Removal

MARION (CBS 2/ FOX 28)—Drivers in Marion are noticing this pattern, sign after sign advertising businesses that are now closed.
"There's probably about a half a dozen signs in the community right now that are no longer in business," said Dave Hockett, assistant planning and development director for the city.
But it's the sign advertising “Asian Massage” on 7th Avenue that people like Anita Cole want gone.
"Take it down so we don't have to have a reminder anymore of what was there," Cole said.
The business was shut down after a prostitution sting in October 2012.
Cole works across the street at the “Rags to Riches” consignment shop. She says the sign is an eyesore for nearby businesses and customers.
"They'll come in and say, 'Well, that's where it was wasn't it? The place where they had the prostitution' and I'd say ‘Yeah. That's where it was’," Cole said.
"They really just wanted any evidence of that business being there gone from the community," Hockett said.
After several complaints, city planners are pushing for a law to speed up the process for taking the signs down.
Right now, the city has to wait six months before notifying a business to have their sign removed. If passed, the new ordinance would cut that to 30 days.
"They have 90 days to comply, and that's to either remove the sign or begin the appeal process," Hockett said.
A process Anita hopes gets approved sooner than later.
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