Sunday, May 15, 2016

Norway Krist Oil Removes Church Sign, Citizens In Uproar!

This is a sign of times I guess, when cities enact rules that all businesses must follow that sometimes upsets those who don't even live there to know the laws.. 

Betty Brock (member of St Vincent De Paul - Niagara, WI) submitted a letter to the editor in the Florence Mining Journal on May 12, 2016..

Betty states in her letter she is appalled that their rummage/bake sale signs were removed from the property belonging to Krist Oil in Norway, Michigan where they had been placed earlier in the week. 
Betty says someone from Krist Oil called to tell her they removed the sign and if they wanted it put back up there would be a $100 fee to do so! Betty says she won't spend another dime there and will also pray for them..
This post really caught some fire after being shared on a facebook post, many people are posting that others should boycott Krist Oil for this action. 


While so many others were condemning Krist Oil for removing this rummage sale sign, employees were wondering what they had done wrong. The employees who worked at the Norway store said they were told NO SIGNS were allowed on the property unless a $100 fee was paid that covered costs associated with getting a permit to have a sign in place.

Norway DOES HAVE rules and regulations surrounding rummage sale signs that most who don't live there would know anything about.. 

David Stark is the retail supervisor for Krist Oil and posted this statement (below) on Facebook.


 After hearing both sides of this and seeing what people were posting on Facebook, I felt I needed to dig a little further into the claim Krist Oil was making.. They kept saying the city of Norway did NOT allow signs to be placed without prior approval from the city. They are in fact correct..

Norway Area Zoning Ordinance:

Section 1014 - Temporary Signs

A. Signs which are intended to identify or advertise a nonprofit annual or one-time event or occurrence, such as a fair or other event of general public interest, shall be permitted for a period not to exceed one month preceding the event provided that the sign is not contrary to the spirit and purpose of this Ordinance and shall conform to all size limitations of this Ordinance. Signs shall not be located in a vision triangle or interfere with traffic. Signs mounted on a mobile base shall all conform to setbacks and conform to lighted sign regulations

       B. The applicant is responsible for both the erection and removal of all signs. All signs must be removed no later than 10 days after the end of the event.

C. Temporary signs shall be limited to private property only, with the property owner’s permission.

Section 1022 - Sign Permits

A. All signs shall require the issuance of a sign permit by the Zoning Administrator. Each sign permit issued shall remain valid upon the condition the sign meets the requirements contained in this Article. 

 I wonder if Betty still feels the same way after learning about this Norway ordinance that forbids signs to just be placed in the city. Krist Oil claims there is a $100 fine per sign posted without a permit, this was their reason for removing it in the first place. 

 I believe that Betty should have gone inside and asked employees at Krist Oil if they could place the signs before they did. Then she would have learned about this ordinance and why this sign wasn't allowed to be there. 

Perhaps Betty wouldn't have been as upset with Krist Oil for following the laws in the city on Norway, Michigan.



1 comment:

  1. Any proof of fined before as stated??...I doubt it...norway has some stupid rules that are not enforced... I cry b.s.