- Associated Press - Wednesday, April 8, 2015

EDMOND, Okla. (AP) - Edmond citizens have voted to ban electronic signs along the city’s roadways.

About 55 percent of residents voted Tuesday to repeal an electronic sign ordinance that went into effect in January 2014, allowing message signs along arterial streets that are not time, temperature or fuel pricing signs. Opponents of the signs said they would be dangerous to drivers and would take away from the city’s beauty.

Randel Shadid, Saundra Naifeh and Dan O’Neil, who are all former Edmond mayors, circulated a petition to call for the election. The three were all in opposition to the signs.

“This was a quality of life question and safety,” Shadid said told The Oklahoman (https://bit.ly/1N9rj65 ). “This is a positive night. We are very pleased.”

Local Chamber of Commerce President Ken Moore said he is disappointed by the ban and that electronic signs are an important tool for businesses. One local small business owner said he relied on signage to set his business apart, and that his business is going under partially because of his struggles with signs.

Michael Uselton owns Southwest Bullion and Coin told KOKH-TV (https://bit.ly/1Cx0Ofh) that “Small businesses like me don’t get noticed unless we got something to grab attention.”

Businesses that received sign permits while the ordinance was still in effect will get to keep their signs.

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