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Reject request to relocate billboard : Editorials : Oswego Ledger-Sentinel : Hometown Newspaper for Oswego and Montgomery, Illinois
Reject request to relocate billboard
5/29/2014

Currently there are only three interstate-style billboard signs located in the Village of Montgomery, two that stand along Route 31, while another is located off U.S. Route 30 at the Route 31 interchange.

Until the past decade, there were several other billboards, including some along Aucutt Road. But those signs have since come down after a prior village board deemed them unsightly and amended the sign ordinance to outlaw the installation of any more billboard signs. The three remaining signs have been permitted to remain in place as legal, non-conforming uses.

The billboard that overlooks Route 30 at Route 31, however, is slated to come down this year since the property it stands on has been acquired by the Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) as part of the agency's ongoing reconstruction of the interchange. However, the company that owns the sign has asked the board to approve moving it about 15 feet from its current location, which will take it out of IDOT's right-of-way and back onto private property. In exchange for moving the sign, the firm has offered to take down another one of its signs that stands along Route 31.

We've long believed that billboard-style signs-if strictly regulated-are fine along interstate highways in rural and industrial areas, but have no place in a still small village like Montgomery. The village should not look like Bensenville on I-294 near O'Hare airport or I-55 approaching Cicero Avenue.

Last year the board made the correct call by rejecting a request from another sign company to install a garish electronic LED billboard at Aucutt and Orchard roads. We hope the board again decides to take a stand for a more scenic village by declining the proposal to relocate the billboard on Route 30 at Route 31.




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