PA members passed a resolution on electronic billboards

PA members passed a resolution on electronic billboards

Tuesday, January 13, 2009

Specifically, it calls on the City Council and the Board of County Commissioners to oppose any changes to the UDO that would allow for electronic billboards.


WHEREAS electronic billboards waste energy, pose safety challenges for nighttime drivers, and reduce the quality of life in affected neighborhoods; and

WHEREAS federal law requires that if citizens of Durham ever decided to remove billboards, we would have to reimburse the billboard company for the cost of the billboard, and

WHEREAS Durham would also have to reimburse the billboard company for any future revenue the billboards would generate, and

WHEREAS if electronic billboards are allowed, we could never afford to remove them; therefore be it

RESOLVED that the Durham People's Alliance opposes the billboard industry's efforts to change our ordinance to allow electronic billboards in Durham, and be it further

RESOLVED that Durham People's Alliance opposes any changes to the current language of the UDO related to billboards, especially that language related to the relocation or renovation of billboards beyond what is currently permitted, and be it further

RESOLVED that copies of this resolution be speedily transmitted to the City and County Managers, and to members of the City Council and Board of County Commissioners, as well as to the news media and other interested parties.

Adopted by the membership of the Durham People's Alliance
January 13, 2009

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