Realtors want exceptions to sign ban on major roadsSubmitted: 07/25/2013
Story By Kailey Burton

Realtors want exceptions to sign ban on major roads
ONEIDA COUNTY - Realtors in Oneida County say directional signs on major roads boost business and help home seekers, but some residents and the Minocqua Town Board say otherwise.

"They don't like to see these signs popping up on the back roads at every intersection off the premise from a listed property. It becomes a bit of clutter, it becomes an eyesore to people. Especially people get real sensitive in their own neighborhoods," said Mark Hartzheim, Minocqua Town Chairman.

Right now an Oneida County ordinance does NOT allow these signs. The Northwoods Association of Realtors is petitioning the Oneida County board to allow GENERIC arrow signs on major roads.

"The directional signs are pretty important for realtors up in this area...What our association is proposing is that we create a non-branded arrow sign and we would only put one at a major intersection so it wouldn't get cluttered up with 5, 6 different signs," said Sandy Ebben, a manager with First Weber Group Rhinelander.

Minocqua Town Chairman Mark Hartzheim says allowing realtors an exception to post signs, is a slippery slope, and other businesses will want to follow suit.

The realtors say their business is different, and the signs aren't permanent. The Oneida county board will discuss the sign ordinance at their meeting August 6th.

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