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Billboard By Fire Station to Come Down, Should Others Be Removed?

After standing for 20 years on what is now Fire Station 31 property next to the Woodinville Post Office, a Clear Channel billboard will be removed.

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After standing for 20 years on what is now Fire Station 31 property next to the Woodinville Post Office, a Clear Channel billboard will be removed, Woodinville Fire and Rescue officials said this week.

At the Jan. 7 Board of Fire Commissioners meeting, the decision was made to terminate the lease with Clear Channel, owners of the billboard. Under the terms of the lease, it is up to Clear Channel to remove the billboard at no cost to the Fire District.

At the Dec. 17 Board of Fire Commissioners meeting, Woodinville resident Terry Jarvis spoke in support of removing the billboard. By removing the billboard, Jarvis said the Fire District could be a “positive example that Woodinville Fire is leading the way to remove unsightly billboards in the city.”

According to Jarvis, there are eight billboards in the City of Woodinville and their removal is supported by City of Woodinville Planning Commission.

The vote by the Board of Fire Commissioners to terminate the Clear Channel lease passed easily, according to Woodinvile Fire and Rescue Community Services Officer David Weed. Commissioner Tim Osgood was pleased with the decision to remove the billboard as he mentioned he felt it was more of an eyesore than anything else.

After the vote was made, Jarvis said he felt it was a “positive action for the community," Weed said. An exact date for the removal of the billboard structure has not been determined.

Do you think the other billboards around Woodinville should come down? Are they eyesores or just a part of life in a city? Tell us in comments.

Tony Bussert January 17, 2013 at 09:57 PM
I don't think I ever even noticed that sign, LOL!
Cyrina Thurman Keller January 17, 2013 at 10:13 PM
Terry - I didn't realize you still lived in Woodinville. I thought you moved to Kirkland... does anyone else think that the revenue that comes from this lease should be made up by the folks that seem to think they are unsightly when they are not even near a neighborhood?? Several of our local politicians have made use of these during elections - was surprised that Terry didn't for his rebid of Mayor of Grace :) Every little bit of revenue that the city or fire dept receive should never be taken for granted. People are already stretched to the max in this economy...

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