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.