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Edmond initiative petition against electronic signs has enough signatures

Signatures on an initiative petition to ban electronic signs in Edmond are valid and city council members will consider an April 7 election to let the public decide.
by Diana Baldwin Modified: July 12, 2014 at 10:00 pm •  Published: July 12, 2014
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— Enough of the signatures on an initiative petition to ban electronic signs in Edmond are valid to call for a vote during the next general municipal election, set for April 7.

Council members Monday will decide whether to direct the administrative staff to prepare an ordinance calling for the election.

The petitions contained 1,109 signatures when turned in at City Hall on May 19 by former Mayors Saundra Naifeh, Dan O’Neil and Randal Shadid.

City Clerk Ross VanderHamm said city staff members counted 973 valid signatures during the verification process.

Those opposing the electronic signs needed 644 valid signatures for the city to call an election. They collected 339 more than that.

City council members passed an ordinance on Jan. 13 allowing electronic message signs along arterial streets and roads such as Broadway, Edmond Road, Second Street and Interstate 35. The new ordinance is stricter than those in most cities, they said.

The vote was 3-2 with council members Elizabeth Waner and Darrell Davis opposing the motion.

“The three mayors who carried the petitions are happy,” Shadid said. “I think April 7 is a good time for an election. People will be able to concentrate on municipal issues.”

Also scheduled for the general election are the positions of mayor and wards 1 and 2 on the city council.

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by Diana Baldwin
Sr. Reporter
Diana Baldwin has been an Oklahoma journalist since 1976 and came to The Oklahoman in 1991. She covered the Oklahoma City bombing and covered the downfall of Oklahoma City police forensic chemist Joyce Gilchrist misidentifying evidence. She wrote...
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