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Mar 22, 2012 10:34 AM by AP

Jurors lower fine for sign violations

CLINTON, La. (AP) - The East Feliciana Parish Police Jury has reduced the fine for violations of an ordinance requiring property owners to mark occupied buildings with green-and-white reflective address signs.

The Advocate reports the ordinance approved by the jury Tuesday, which takes effect April 1, originally imposed a fine of $100 or 30 days in jail for each day that a property owner is in noncompliance, but jurors cut the penalty to a one-time fine of $25.

Joe Rouchon, the jury's administrative supervisor, says property owners who mark their address with different types of signs may continue to use them as long as they are maintained.

Parish 911 Director Ben Chasteen said the signs, which are available from the jury for $15 each, are helping firefighters and other emergency responders find addresses because the signs are uniform in size and color.

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