Reno's illegal billboards finally being taken down after 10-month battle
RENO, Nev. (News 4 & Fox 11) —
After a 10-month battle, three of Reno's illegal billboards are finally coming down.
Monday morning, crews removed the structure of a billboard just north of Interstate 80 between McCarran Boulevard and Keystone Avenue.
Homeowner William Puchert's views have been obscured by the unsightly posts since they were erected there in February.
"I'm ecstatic. I'm very happy, as well as my neighbors. We're glad to see this come to a close," Puchert said.
A billboard built just west of Mountain View Cemetery has been removed, and a billboard in the Odd Fellows Lodge parking lot on Stardust Street is coming down soon, according to Reno City Attorney Karl Hall.
All three were built without permits by the sign company "Strict Scrutiny Media."
But the Odd Fellows will be forced to pay the fines, since the organization owns the land where the signs were built.
Joe Henry, a senior code officer for the City of Reno, told News 4-Fox 11 the Odd Fellows will pay upwards of $44,000 in fines and fees for the two illegal billboards in Reno city limits.
The posts behind Puchert's house were built on unincorporated Washoe County land. Washoe County planner Bob Webb said fees for that sign have been waived since the posts have been removed.