City, Indians respond to utility pole banner vote by Cleveland City Council

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CLEVELAND – Monday night, Cleveland City Council passed legislation that would require anyone who posts a sign or banner on a public utility pole in downtown Cleveland to apply for a permit.

The action grew out of Councilman Zack Reed’s displeasure with seeing the Indians’ team logo Chief Wahoo around downtown. The ordinance applies to any banners that might be hung from utility poles, though.

Today, the City of Cleveland addressed the vote, saying that they are going to look to drafting a uniform banner code that would cover the entire city, not just the downtown area:

“What the passage of Ordinance # 380-16 does is to put into place uniform process for the installation of banners in the public right of way downtown. The City now is going to investigate drafting comprehensive regulations for the entire City, which will create uniformity with the existing banner programs in other areas of the City.”

The Cleveland Indians also responded to the passage of the ordinance by directing inquiries to the group that actually hangs the banners, the Downtown Cleveland Alliance. That organization had this to say, via the Indians:

Downtown Cleveland Alliance has been operating the banner program in downtown Cleveland for the past 10 years, taking over management from our predecessor organization Downtown Cleveland Partnership. We contract with stakeholders like the Indians to install banners on their behalf. Since becoming aware of this issue and the lack of historical permit for or our management of the program on file, we have been actively working with the City on the approval process to rectify matters and develop clear articulate guidelines for all future banner installations.