Human sign wavers won’t be part of review

By JASON COX Of the Keizertimes Portable sign rules could be loosened by the Keizer City Council after it voted to initiate the process last week. One area they won’t touch – at least for now – are the sign wavers, twirlers and holders who have become a more frequent sight on River Road. Sherrie Gottfried, a member of the Keizer Chamber of Commerce’s Economic Development and Governmental Affairs (EDGA) committee, had asked the council whether human sign holders would be part of the discussion. She clarified later she didn’t want the council to discuss the matter until EDGA had a chance to address it. “We just wanted to make sure it was not part of it because we hadn’t discussed it yet,” Gottfried said. “We aren’t against human wavers at all, but we think there may need to be some guidelines set.” She didn’t elaborate on what the guidelines might be. But the issue nevertheless set off a brief debate before councilors opted not to include it in the city’s proposed rule changes on temporary signs. City Attorney Shannon Johnson said attempting to regulate human sign holders can be a tricky legal proposition. “The federal constitution gives greater protection to political, non-commercial versus commercial,” Johnson said. “In Oregon commercial speech gets the same benefit as non-commercial.” Owners and managers from businesses who use them say they do so...

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