Glendale City Council tables billboard issue

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By Tami Hoey By Tami Hoey

GLENDALE, Ariz.--  It was a full house at the Glendale City Council meeting Tuesday night.

The hot topic was the possibility of putting up huge billboards in the area of the Loop 101 and Bell.

"We don't need to have billboards in our neighborhoods. They're 85 feet tall. To me, they represent urban blight," said neighbor Doug Holmes.

Holmes was one of many people sporting green stickers that said "No Billboards".  But the Council never took up the issue.

At the start of the meeting, Council members held a  vote  to table the billboard issue until another exploratory workshop in March.

Residents clapped when Councilman Manny Martinez said that wasn't right.  But the Council voted to wait until March and that sent mad residents out of the meeting.

"It's ridiculous that we have to come back. I think the Council is afraid of the Rose Law Group. Games are being played," said Connie Kaiser, who is against the billboards.

Nick Labadie of the Rose Law Group represents Mark Becker with Becker Billboards. He says the billboards would bring revenue into the city of Glendale. "People want to talk about it and like the councilman said they need to vet the issue and see it's a good thing,' said Labadie.

The billboards would bring in an estimated $15K to the City of Glendale.

But because of the location of the signs, Peoria residents would be impacted too.  They, too, call the billboards eyesores.

"We're not sure when it's going to stop. The citizens are continuously coming out against Glendale but Peoria residents also say they don't want the billboards," said Bo Larsen, Director of Communications for the City of Peoria.

The Glendale City Council plans to hold its workshop on the billboard issue on March 18th with the vote to follow on March 25th.