After disappearing earlier this month, sandwich boards for some downtown businesses were mysteriously returned over the weekend.
Early Sunday morning, the sidewalk advertising boards were placed in front of several businesses after a by-law crackdown earlier this month saw them swiped.
There was an outcry from owners who said a city policy change wasn’t communicated well enough and taking the signs was bad for business.
Gordon Mood, who owns LA Mood and who got his sign back, said the whole thing felt like a slap in the face.
“It seemed like they’re jumping the gun and a bit of high-handedness, it seemed to me that it was more important to assert their authority than to communicate properly,” he said.
Mood said not everyone got their sign back and he plans to keep his off the street even though he has the proper paperwork for it.
“All we have to do is send in a certificate of insurance, showing that we’ve complied with the liability that’s necessary,” he said.
City By-law Manager Orest Katolyk claimed earlier this month they told businesses they’d be cracking down on sandwich board rules in April.
“Our officers actually went door-to-door and delivered packages to the businesses in the downtown area, indicating the need for a licence if you’re putting a sign on city property for the purposes of risk, health and safety, and liability to the city,” said Katolyk.
Katolyk noted there’s a simple but pricey procedure to get the signs back.
“They pay the $175 fee, they can get the board back, but they should get the sign licenced and include a copy of their insurance,” he said.