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Officials resolving sign issue

Thursday, March 29, 2012

The Bowling Green Old Settlers Sign, which is visible off State Road 46 heading into Bowling Green while going east. [Order this photo]
A misunderstanding involving a popular Clay County sign appears to have been all taken care of.

On Thursday, Clay County Commissioners President Charlie Brown informed The Brazil Times he had been contacted by the Indiana Department of Transportation (INDOT) regarding the Bowling Green Old Settlers sign on the west side of the town.

Brown said INDOT officials explained to him the sign had been classified as a billboard and required a license in order to stay in place.

Brown said he had received a letter from INDOT regarding the issue.

"It (the sign) falls under the category of billboards," Brown said.

According to INDOT officials, an application and waiver must be filled out in order for the organization to dimiss the $100 fee for billboards. Of the fee, $25 is for the application and $75 is for a permit plate, which would be placed on the sign.

"Because the commissioners are a government agency, the fees would be waived," INDOT Medial Relations Director for the Crawfordsville District Debbie Calder told The Brazil Times.

"All they need to do is fill out the paper work," Calder added.

The Bowling Green Old Settlers Committee placed the sign just outside of town. The sign recently underwent renovations.

Calder said according to Indiana Administrative Code (IAC), the sign is technically in violation if it does not have a permit.

She said IAC code specifies any type of sign visible on interstates or highways under INDOT's jurisdiction must have valid permits.

The Highway Beautification Act, enacted in 1965 under the Lyndon B. Johnson administration, calls for "control of outdoor advertising, including removal of certain types of signs, along the nation's Highway System and the existing federal-aid primary highway system."

Calder said the INDOT Crawfordsville District has been going through the process of checking all "billboards" to see if they have a valid permit.

"We're in the process of doing this district-wide," she said. "INDOT has been directed by the (Federal Highway Administration) to get this done. We're just following procedure. Hopefully, we'll get it straightened out.

"We (INDOT) are responsible for state routes and interstates. This is on a controlled route. In our district, we have more than 1,000 billboards that we are in the process of getting permitted."

Calder said the Federal Highway Administration directed INDOT to do this a couple of years ago.

"It's happening in other states as well," Calder said.

On Thursday, Brown said he had been in direct contact with members of the Bowling Green Old Settlers Committee and planned to have the application and waiver forms filled out as soon as possible.

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My God leave them alone!!! It is a sign that has been there as long as I can remember. It is definitely not a billboard. Just the state picking on a small town.

-- Posted by MS660 on Fri, Mar 30, 2012, at 5:39 AM

it's a really cool sign. I love seeing it when I'm driving south. Makes Bowling Green a cool place to drive through!

-- Posted by Moon on Fri, Mar 30, 2012, at 8:09 AM

Everybody needs a job.....I guess. Every $100 they collect is job security! The supervisor must have sent the person out to get them out of the office... or maybe the person needed travel. Indiana $s at work.

-- Posted by Sharma on Sat, Mar 31, 2012, at 7:36 AM

"Calder said the Federal Highway Administration directed INDOT to do this a couple of years ago."

Then INDOT shouldn't be in any big hurry to receive their lousy $100 for this landmark.

-- Posted by Emmes on Wed, Apr 4, 2012, at 11:29 AM

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