The Edmond Sun

May 16, 2014

3 former mayors gain enough signatures for sign vote

James Coburn
The Edmond Sun

EDMOND — A petition attracted 1,109 signatures to put to the vote of the people whether the City of Edmond should eliminate allowing all future electronic sign requests in city limits, said attorney Randel Shadid.

Shadid is one of three former mayors including Dan O’Neil and Saundra Naifeh who instigated the petition drive in April. The petition is a response to the City Council’s Jan. 13 vote to allow EMC signs in commercial zoning districts. Councilwoman Elizabeth Waner and Councilman Darrell Davis voted against the item.

By law they were given 90 days to collect 634 signatures in order to send the issue to a vote of City of Edmond residents, said Steve Murdock, city attorney.

“They say specifically in their language, ‘The electronic message center signs are prohibited in the City of Edmond, Oklahoma, and cannot be considered as a variance,’” Murdock said.

Councilman Nick Massey said the three mayors know a lot of people, so he is not surprised they surpassed the minimum signature requirements to put the ordinance to a vote of the people.

“It will go on the next municipal ballot, which I believe is the first Tuesday of April 2015,” Massey said. “And we will let the people decide.”



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