Sign ordinance gets an update in Bellevue
As temporary signs mushroom in Bellevue, the City Council is adding restrictions to the city's sign ordinance.
Under the new rules, temporary signs are permitted in all zoning areas without a permit so long as their size is no greater than 6 square feet in residential areas and no greater than 32 square feet in any other zone. Larger signs will require a permit.
The update counters attempts to circumvent the city's sign ordinance.
People had posted a series of small signs planted inches from each other, each one conforming to size requirements but in their totality creating a much larger sign.
The revised ordinance requires temporary signs posted anyplace other than a residential area be posted at least 12 feet apart.
The new rules will apply to signs in future elections.
No signs are permitted on public property or in the city's right of way. The city will remove those signs and dispose of them.
La Vista again to take part in national survey
Some La Vista residents will again be asked to participate in a survey on the city's quality of life and services.
Postcards regarding the National Citizen Survey are being mailed in early January to 1,200 randomly selected residents. Surveys will arrive approximately a week later, and a follow-up survey will be sent before the due date.
The survey is an effort between Boulder, Colo.-based National Research Center Inc. and the International City/County Management Association.
In 2008, the survey found residents viewed La Vista as a safe community, a good place to raise children and were happy with city decisions and services. La Vista rated highly for new development, educational opportunities and appearance.
Mayor Doug Kindig said the survey has helped with finding developers and investors for the city's civic park master plan.
The last survey found taxes were a concern for residents.
“As a growing city, it's always been a challenge,” Kindig said. “We all want lower taxes. It's the services that those taxes pay for that the citizen survey can help us find out.”
City of La Vista joins social media worlds
The Police Department has been on Twitter at twitter.com/lavistapolice.
Eight city employees, who are also responsible for the city's website, will make sure updates are made regularly and any information is kept current. La Vista already has content ready for the first three months.
— World-Herald News Service