Free the Fence! Let's Fix the Fence Ordinance in West Saint Paul.

Free the Fence! Let's Fix the Fence Ordinance in West Saint Paul.

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Joe Bliven started this petition to West Saint Paul City Council

We in West Saint Paul want our city to be as vibrant and varied as the people who live here. For this reason we're seeking the change or removal of a single sentence in West Saint Paul Code of Ordinances § 153.381 Subsection (C). The sentence in question is:

"Fences shall not contain pictures or lettering and shall be one uniform color."

We understand that there may be a concern regarding what kinds of images or words might find their way onto fences in West Saint Paul. We recommend that this fear not discourage the Council from changing the ordinance. We recommend changing the ordinance by only prohibiting profanity, violence, and lewd imagery. Here is our proposed change to the sentence in question:

"Fences shall not contain pictures or lettering containing or depicting profanity, violence, or lewd imagery."

We also encourage the Council to find any solution that will free our fences for artistic, religious, and activist use, regardless of whether it is accomplished through the changes we have proposed.

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