Keizer City Council updates sign code

By CRAIG MURPHY Of the Keizertimes All it took was one sentence. Earlier this year, a somewhat humorous battle took place between city officials and Nigel Guisinger, owner of Moles Appliance at 3800 River Road. In short, Guisinger wanted to bring attention to the need for updates to the sign code portion of the Keizer Development Code. In particular, he took issue with not being able to put up signs promoting his business since the sidewalk became blocked. When his sign was confiscated by the city, Guisinger responded by placing signs in front of Nate Brown’s office at city hall, in addition to putting a dryer in front of his business. Guisinger said at the time his intent was to bring awareness to necessary updates for the city code and pledged to work with Brown, the director of Community Development in Keizer, on changes. Fast forward to Monday’s Keizer City Council meeting, as Brown proposed a text amendment to Section 2.203 of the KDC. “That did trigger this,” Brown said of the May showdown between the city and Guisinger. “We needed to make this crystal clear.” The permitted uses section of the KDC hadn’t been changed since May 1998, but the proposed changes were approved unanimously on Monday. A minor tweak was adding “Use” to “Public Right-of-Way Expansion.” The bigger change was the new sentence: “The placement, storage or...

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