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Ballwin Puts Limits On Vehicle Advertising

City officials felt some businesses were working around sign code regulations.

Use it and move it.

That essentially sums up recent action taken by Ballwin's Board of Aldermen to clean up advertising clutter that city leaders felt was an intentional move to get around city sign code regulations.

Aldermen approved an ordinance to redefine what constitutes delivery and service vehicles, and where they can be parked in the C-1 Commercial Business District, which includes Manchester Road.

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Ward 1 Alderman James Terbrock said he didn't want Manchester Road to look like Overland, while Ward 4's Michael Boland pointed to regulations on the books in Ladue and Des Peres.

Ward 2's Shamed Dogan said he barely notices trucks like the one parked outside Boost Mobile, hadn't heard from residents about it and didn't want the city to be seen as "anti-business."

A Boost Mobile representative did not return a message seeking comment this week.

"What do we want to be?" Boland said, while adding that he thought Ballwin was business-friendly. "We want to be a destination."

Under the new ordinance, which passed by a 5-3 tally, those vehicles must be parked behind a main building or in a rear yard, or in a loading zone designated in a site development plan. The vehicles have to be owned or operated by the licensed business owner or operator and there can only be 2 vehicles per business.

Tell us what you think: do trucks that seem to function as de facto advertising annoy you at all?

Cheryl Campbell April 29, 2013 at 05:31 PM
Oh please; what difference does it make if there are signs on trucks and who are you to make negative comments against Overland. Be Professionals and do what we hired you for fighting crime and not worrying about signs on trucks.
Rockwood 25 April 30, 2013 at 01:05 AM
I find it ironic that trucks with signs is getting so much attention for the image of Ballwin when so many Car Title Loan and similar businesses have been allowed on Manchester. THAT seriously makes an impression and not a good one.
Michael Rhodes May 01, 2013 at 01:57 PM
I like the new regulation although it might be hard to enforce. I have noticed that there are several businesses that don't need trucks that have them parked out front (AT&T, Boost, Club Fitness). The issue I do take with it is how to do allow some to have them and some not. I am sure they will find away to keep them there. All they would have to do is move them out front in the morning and then back behind the building at night.
Michael Rhodes May 01, 2013 at 02:00 PM
I would agree. How do you block a legal business without opening the city up to lawsuits is the tough part. I thought Ballwin had put a temporary stop on new finiancial institutions at one point. They had to write it so it included banks, cash checking, and payday loans to make it stand up (if I remember correctly).
M. Logan May 07, 2013 at 02:13 AM
Seriously Ballwin? THIS is your biggest issue? If I was a business owner in Ballwin I would pack up and move my business to a city that doesn't dictate where I park my vehicles - or how many I can have. Ludicrous.

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