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Illegal signs creating blight in commercial areas, says code enforcer

Advertising banners have become the new graffiti — a serious blight in Madera, according to Jim Taubert, executive director of the successor agency of the former Madera Redevelopment Agency. Part of his job is overseeing code enforcement, including enforcement of the sign code.

“It’s remarkably like the new graffiti,” Taubert said. “There are so many of them you just don’t notice them (individually) anymore. But they are a real eyesore and blight — and they are everywhere. It started out with four or five, and has spread from there. Now it’s just gotten out of control. They are also against the city code, and four or five sign ordinances."

Illegal signs will get fines.

“We have just starting contacting and visiting business owners along Howard Road. But we are putting everyone on notice — whether they have gotten a courtesy notice or not. If they don’t take them down a.s.a.p., we will go from a courtesy notice to a violation notice. That could be as much as $50, $100 a day, or up to a $500 fine for the third offense, depending on the situation. If they choose to ignore it, it’s going to result in a financial penalty,” Taubert said...


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