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City concerned over temporary sign surge

An increase in temporary signs in St. Helens - advertising garage sales and similar events - has caught the eye of St. Helens officials.

The St. Helens City Council will review the use of signs in the city on Aug. 17 at their work session. They plan to discuss the impact these temporary signs have on the city's appearance.

Temporary signs are defined in the city code as being not permanently attached to anything and intended for a short time period. Signs may be displayed in residential areas, but to follow the municipal code, they cannot exceed 6 square feet or stand over 4 feet. Temporary signs may be displayed for eight days per month, but must be taken down each night by sundown. They are not allowed in the public right-of-way.