Auto for-sale sign issue goes back up before council

The Kingman City Council on Wednesday meeting will reconsider restrictions on parking cars for sale along city streets.

The meeting was rescheduled from the usual Monday meeting time to avoid the Presidents Day holiday and allow candidates for mayor and the council to attend the candidate forum tonight at Kingman High School North.

The council meeting will begin at 7 p.m.

at the City Complex on 4th Street downtown.

During its Jan.

5 meeting.

the council asked city staff to re-evaluate the ordinance restricting display of vehicles for sale to the residential property of the vehicle owner.

More public comment was sought.

Experience with similar restrictions in seven other cities has been reviewed about the number of vehicles, how and when vehicles could be displayed and permitting system used.

City staff members found that a Michigan resident successfully fought an ordinance that prohibited display of for-sale signs on vehicles parked in owners' driveways.

A judge in Los Angeles rejected cities' arguments and ended the prohibition against for-sale signs in cars parked on city streets.

The judge could find no difference between signs on parked cars and signs displayed in moving vehicles.

The case was taken to court by the American Civil Liberties Union of Southern California on the behalf of a resident fined by the city.

They considered it a free speech issue.

"If you don't want a losing battle on your hands, you'd better get these ordinances off the books," Michael Small, chief council for the ACLU in Southern California, said in an ACLU news publication.

During the Jan.

5 Kingman City Council, several residents contended that the ordinance violated personal property rights.

In other matters:

• A public hearing would be held on the proposed annexation of 230 acres off Hualapai Mountain Road at Roslyn Drive.

The parcel includes the partially completed storage units across from Seneca Street.

Robert Richey, owner of 188 acres of the area where he plans a housing development, initiated the request.

The annexation process will continue if the council votes to move ahead.

• City Manager Roger Swenson will report about proposed remodeling of the Powerhouse Visitor's Center, which will allow the large meeting room to be divided into smaller meeting or conference areas.

Architect Bill Otwell did the original Powerhouse plans and would be the logical choice to evaluate the options and provide drawings for the work, Swenson said.

• The council will consider awarding a $143,584 bid to Fibre Tech West to reline the Centennial Park Pool.

The schedule calls for the work to be completed in time for the summer swimming season.