Monday, February 25, 2013

Sign Ordiances

Found this rather interesting.  According to Carbondale city ordinances, if a sign promoting your event or business is posted illegally, the fact that your business or event is mentioned on the sign is taken as evidence that you did it.  From the ordinance:

When any handbill, sign, poster, advertisement, notice or document of any kind shall be found posted, painted, printed, nailed or otherwise affixed upon any curbstone, curb, sidewalk, street, or other public property or upon any tree, lamp, telephone pole, or other fixture located thereon, or upon any private building or structure, the finding of such shall be prima facie evidence that it was affixed by the person or agency advertised within the document or advertisement. (Ord. 98-41)


  1. This is a great example of why to not to be on the city council. I guess there are people who really care about twisty-turny legal language. Next time someone suggests I should run, I'm going to point to this paragraph (right after I point out I don't live inside the city limits). Prima facie evidence? Good grief!

  2. Yikes, I can't see that backfiring.