Citations Affected: IC 8-23; IC 9-21.
Synopsis: Local government notice of sign removal. Provides that the
Indiana department of transportation must provide notice to the local
governmental unit of the removal of a sign erected by a local
governmental unit if the department determines the sign is an
encroachment on a state highway.
Effective: July 1, 2000.
January 10, 2000, read first time and referred to Committee on Local Government.
January 26, 2000, reported _ Do Pass.
A BILL FOR AN ACT to amend the Indiana Code concerning
utilities and transportation.
IS AMENDED TO READ AS FOLLOWS
[EFFECTIVE JULY 1, 2000]: Sec. 1. (a) The department may remove,
prevent, or terminate an encroachment onto a state highway,
right-of-way, or other department property, including drainage onto the
highway, right-of-way, or other property.
(b) Except as provided in subsection (f), if the department determines that an encroachment exists, the department shall give notice by certified mail to the owner and the occupant of the property from which the encroachment has occurred and by posting a copy of the notice in a conspicuous place on the property. The notice must specify the encroachment and the period of time within which the encroachment must be removed, terminated, or prevented. The period of time specified in the notice may not be less than thirty (30) days.
(c) If the encroachment has not been removed, terminated, or prevented within the period of time specified in the notice under subsection (b), the department may enter the property from which the encroachment has occurred and take whatever action the department
considers necessary to remove, terminate, or prevent the encroachment.
(d) The cost of the department's removal, termination, or prevention of an encroachment under subsection (c) shall be paid by the owner of the property from which the encroachment has occurred. The department shall bill the owner for the cost. If the bill remains unpaid for a period of thirty (30) days, the department shall file the bill with the clerk of the circuit court of the county in which the property is located. The clerk shall immediately enter the bill on the judgment docket against the owner of the property, and the bill is a lien against the property. The lien may be foreclosed in the same manner as other judgment liens, without relief from valuation or appraisement laws or right of redemption.
(e) Where an awning, canopy, marquee, advertising sign, or similar encroachment extending over a highway right-of-way was in place on August 12, 1963, and is supported entirely from outside the highway right-of-way, the encroachment may remain if the department determines that the encroachment will not impair the highway or interfere with the free and safe flow of traffic on the highway.
(f) If the department determines that an encroachment exists, and the encroachment is a sign that has been erected by a unit (as defined in IC 36-1-2-23 ), the department shall give notice by:
(1) certified mail to the:
(A) unit that erected the sign;
(B) owner of the property from which the encroachment has occurred; and
(C) occupant of the property from which the encroachment has occurred; and
(2) posting a copy of the notice in a conspicuous place on the property.
The notice must specify the encroachment and the period within which the encroachment must be removed, terminated, or prevented. The time specified in the notice may not be less than thirty (30) days.
SECTION 2. IC 9-21-1-4 IS AMENDED TO READ AS FOLLOWS [EFFECTIVE JULY 1, 2000]: Sec. 4. (a) Notwithstanding IC 8-23-20 , IC 9-21-5 , and section 5 of this chapter, a city or town may, by ordinance, authorize and pay for signs to be erected along the routes of state highways if the following conditions are met:
(1) The sign is an information sign stating only that a famous person is or was a resident of that city or town.
(2) The sign conforms to the manual on traffic control devices standards for historical signs.