Booster Club Signs Run Afoul Of City Ordinance 10-22-2010 - WNEM TV 5

Booster Club Signs Run Afoul Of City Ordinance 10-22-2010

Parents in one local community trying to show their school spirit could end up paying a hefty fine.
A local city sign ordinance is keeping parents from showing their support, but at least one man isn't going to take the matter sitting down.
The signs are a symbol of school spirit with a simple message, in this case, Go Panthers!
They dot the landscape all across Mid-Michigan where towns have competing high schools.
But the signage isn't welcome in Mt. Morris as they run against the city's sign ordinance.
John Nutzmann, a member of the Athletic Boosters Club whose son played on the football team a few years ago, finds the city's use of the ordinance frustrating. "I just think it's a poor way of using an ordinance," said Nutzmann.
Nutzmann wants to support his community, but he got a letter ordering him to take the sign down.
"I didn't see what the problem was with the particular type of sign, it wasn't demeaning," said Nutzmann. "It was expressing a positive point for some kids in the area."
The signs are very similar, if not exactly the same, as many political signs displayed around the area, and in fact some political signs are even larger.
But the city doesn't have a problem with those. Nutzmann said he had the same sign in his lawn in 2005 but the city never sent him a letter.
"This is a point of community support, but it's almost like they're making it a point of a way of raising funds, so I don't know, maybe it's a fundraiser for them," said Nutzmann.
Nutzmann said he plans on keeping his sign and displaying it proudly in his front lawn, but he just can't make sense of the thing.
"I don't know what the point is [that] they're trying to make in this case," he said.
TV5 tried to reach the city manager Friday but he was out of the office. Nutzmann plans to bring up the issue at the City Commission meeting Monday at 6:30 p.m.

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