Burkburnett resident upset over city’s sign ordinance

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After a Burkburnett woman received a citation about a sign in her yard, there are questions over the city’s sign ordinance. 

During this time of year, signs are more prominent on properties due to the upcoming election.

Burkburnett resident Lisa Maben didn’t have an election sign in her yard instead she had a Perm-O Green sign in her yard after the company sprayed her yard. It was then that Maben received a notice saying she violated the city’s sign ordinance because her sign was posted in the right of way. 

“I stepped outside to check and see if I had any boxes on my front porch and I noticed I had this letter from the city of Burkburnett saying that I had a sign posted in the right of way,” Maben said, “It kind of took me back for a minute.”

Maben said she didn’t even know there was a sign ordinance.

“We’ve lived here almost 10 years and we’ve had our yard sprayed every year and there’s always a sign in our yard,” Maben said. “I never thought it was a problem. I usually take it up after a few days but I just haven’t got to it because of work.” 

Burkburnett City Manager Lawrence Cutrone said the ordinance requires signs to be a certain distance back from the road.

“We are saying it goes five and three-quarters of a foot back from the curb or the road,” Cutrone said. “That should be about where the right of way ends and the private property starts.”

Maben said he hopes to get the word out to make sure this doesn’t happen to somebody else. 

To help with the confusion, Cutrone said the City Commissioners are potentially discussing rewording the current ordinance on Monday.

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