No more signs in Eagle’s roundabout |

No more signs in Eagle’s roundabout

Kathy Heicher
Vail, CO Colorado
Pam Boyd/EnterpriseThere are no signs in the Eby Creek roundabout and, the town of Eagle says, this is the way it should stay.

EAGLE ” No more “open house” signs perched in the grassy landscape of the Eby Creek roundabout. For that matter, the garage sale and “this way to the wedding reception” signs have been banished, too.

The Town of Eagle is cracking down on the public’s tendency to use the roundabouts as a venue for advertising.

“Absolutely no signs of any kind are allowed in the roundabout. No garage sale signs, no real estate. Nothing but (town) Christmas decorations,” says Eagle Town Manager Willy Powell.

Actually, says Powell, that’s been the policy since the Eby Creek roundabout was finished, a little over five years ago. The town initially enforced the sign ban physically removing intruding signs; but as time progressed, enforcement of the policy became more lax, and the signs started creeping back.

Weekends are a prime time for Realtors to host open houses for clients. In the past few years, “Open House” signs have sprouted in the roundabout and along other public right-of-ways like untended dandelions.

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Several weeks ago, the Town send out a bulletin to Realtors advising that the town staff would start removing signs placed in the public rights of way.

The issue is both safety and aesthetics, says Powell.

“We were getting too many complaints about the proliferation of signs,” he says.

He says the town, with input from the real estate community, will be working on a policy regarding signs and public rights of way.

The new enforcement of the sign band has caused a minor stir in the community, particularly among Realtors whose signs have been seized.

Joan Harned, a broker with Keller-Williams Mountain Properties in Eagle, says she knows of nine signs that have disappeared on local Realtors since the new policy went into effect. A few have been returned by the town staff.

“They (the signs) are expensive if you have to keep buying them,” Harned said. She says signs are a big help in getting people to their destinations. The public is sort of trained to look for the signs, she nsaid. Real estate ads in newspapers don’t typically include directions on how to get to a property.

Powell says the current sign code does not allow for off-site signs.

“It is a sticky issue,” he admitted.

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