(WICHITA, Kan.) — It’s a sign the Wichita City Council is getting tougher on fighting eyesores along the roadways. The council passed several measures today that will make you pay more for illegally placing any kind of sign in a public right-of-way... even a garage sale sign. And, it's recruiting volunteers to help with the ordinance.
The city calls these advertisements a "nuisance" and "sign blight." But for Titan Signs Incorporated owner G.R. Weltmer, they make sense with a small business's dollars and cents
"Where else can you get a thousand people to see your ad for three bucks,” Weltmer asked.
That's why Weltmer says the tougher measures targeting signs like these, will hurt local businesses.
"They have no budget to put out mass advertising on the radio or the newspaper,” Weltmer said.
The city will train volunteers to target all signs... whether they're for a business, a campaign, or a garage sale... and remove or report them for violation. The maximum fine is double what it used to be. It's now a thousand dollars.