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OVERRIDE OF SIGN LAW VETO EXPECTED

The Lackawanna City Council is expected to override the mayor's veto of an amendment to the portable sign ordinance designed to make it more business friendly.

"I'm very confident we have at least four votes," Council President Edward D. Tokarz said, adding that he will ask the Counci to override the veto at its next meeting April 6. A minimum of four votes from the five-member Council is needed to override a veto.

On March 9 the Council voted to amend the ordinance to allow three-month sign permits that could be renewed after a three-month wait rather than the current one-month limit and six-month wait.

It also voted to make the sign owner, rather than the sign renter, responsible for obtaining a permit and set the fee at $15 a month. Non-profit organizations no longer would be able to have the fee waived.

Mayor Kathleen M. Staniszewski vetoed the amendment March 12, saying the current ordinance is adequate and reasonable.