Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Business Balloons, Banners Regulated

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Business Balloons, Banners Regulated

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The O'Fallon Board of Aldermen is revising the city's temporary sign ordinance to allow businesses to use promotional balloons and to set regulations for banners.

Aldermen and Mayor Paul F. Renaud discussed the draft paragraph by paragraph Wednesday. The bill is scheduled for introduction at the next board meeting, Tuesday.

Many of the changes were suggested by the O'Fallon Business Association. Alderman Kenneth Tunnell, 4th Ward, is a liaison to the association. City Planner Mary Holden explained the various provisions in the draft. Much of the discussion involved balloons, often used to advertise a sale or special event. Common shapes are soft drink cans, about 20 feet tall. The often-seen "big gorilla" is about 30 feet tall. Aldermen decided that the balloons must be attached to the ground, or to the roof of a building. They require a temporary sign permit, good for a maximum of 15 days. Businesses can get only three temporary sign permits for balloons each year. …

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