Sign-Valuation Arguments Thwart Amortization

Richfield, MN, realized what it might have to pay in just compensation and let Michael’s keep its on-premise billboard By John Yarger, Esq. This article details an excellent application of the sign-valuation legal arguments previously outlined in this column by Dr. R. James Claus and Richard Bass (see “The Economic Worth of On-Premise Signs, Parts […]

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ISA, Signage Foundation Signs Web Agreement with SBA

Sixteen thousand potential sign users per week to learn of signs’ importance By Darek Johnson “There are approximately 25 million small businesses in the United States.” Most of us admire people that get things done, especially when the outcome may not reward them with favors, flags or fame. With this in mind, let me tell […]

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The Economic Worth of On-Premise Signs, Part I

The value of on-premise signs is best determined by advertising criteria By Dr. R. James Claus and Richard M. Bass “Because signs are a form of advertising, the best way to evaluate their value is in advertising terms.” Although the mounted letters on the building identify this business, it’s the pole sign that’s critical to […]

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The Value of an Electronic Message Center Freeway Sign

When a motel has used a sign rent-free for four years, how much should it have to pay the sign’s landowner? By Wade Swormstedt “The reconciled estimate for the value received by Days Inn for use of the high-rise, electronic message center is $1.6 million.” Days Inn states that more than 50 percent of its […]

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Sign Codes and the Need for Advocacy

One of the better known figures in the industry presents his thoughts on the role the industry should take in regards to the development of sign codes. by R. James Claus (Part one of a speech given at the Eight-Sheet Outdoor convention in San Francisco.) Introduction The future of the eight-sheet industry has been, and […]

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Zone Defense

After two years of collaborative effort, the ICC, ISA and USSC release the Intl. Zoning Code’s new-and-improved sign chapter By Jennifer Flinchpaugh “An estimated 80,000 communities could have adopted the ICC’s zoning code and, by default, the problematic sign code.” In 1997, when the Intl. Sign Assn. (ISA) and the United States Sign Council (USSC) […]

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University Town Learns Business 101: Signs Work

Court overturns Madison, WI, ban on portable signage. Madison, WI, has been rated by Money magazine as the best medium-sized city in the United States. The city owes its amenities not only to nature and the generosity of taxpayers, but also to a legacy of intelligent planning. Madison acquired substantial lake frontage for public parks, […]

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A Call to Arms

Pending adoption of the International Zoning Code by code development authorities imperils the sign industry By Bill Dundas When ST received an alarming fax from the United States Sign Council’s Executive Director Andrew D. Bertucci at the end of July, it contrasted sharply with the speaker’s normally serene demeanor. Andy was clearly on the warpath. […]

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Amortization Prevails Sans Appraisal

Mississippi circuit court upholds amortization of signage, but could this tragedy have been prevented? By Dr. R. James Claus Thomas A. Claus contributed to this article. He is completing studies at Portland (OR) State University and will begin attending the Northwest School of Law at Lewis & Clark College, Portland, OR, this fall. On March […]

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North Olmsted Sign Code Debacle

By John Yarger, Esq., and Jennifer Flinchpaugh On Aug. 17, Federal Magistrate Judge Patricia Hemann of Ohio’s Northern District filed her “Report and Recommendations” regarding the North Olmsted Chamber of Commerce vs. City of North Olmsted lawsuit. In her 61-page report, Hemann recommended Federal Judge Donald Nugent overturn the North Olmsted (OH) sign code for […]

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