City, billboard company settle lawsuit

2012-08-23T20:30:00Z City, billboard company settle lawsuitSusan Erler susan.erler@nwi.com, (219) 662-5336 nwitimes.com
August 23, 2012 8:30 pm  • 

CROWN POINT | The city has settled a January lawsuit brought by a billboard company over placement of a sign.

The settlement between the city and Lamar Advantage GP Co. permits Lamar to put up a new billboard on a site near 113th Avenue and Broadway and to modify two existing billboards to display digital images, according to court documents.

The modified billboards are at 1503 N. Main St. and 810 Indiana Ave.

The city, in turn, will gain revenue from the lease of city-owned property for the billboard on Broadway, according to court documents. Lamar also offered use of the signs, when available, for emergency messages and the advertising of city events.

Lamar sued in January in Lake Circuit Court after city officials denied a variance in zoning regulations for a billboard near 107th Avenue and Broadway.

Lamar sought the variance to permit a billboard closer to other billboards than is permitted by city zoning regulations.

The company removed seven existing billboards as part of the settlement, according to court documents filed in the lawsuit.

The settlement, reached late last month, releases both sides from further liability, potential damages and attorney's fees.

A 2008 lawsuit brought by Lamar against the city ended with a judgment against the city. City officials were ordered to reverse an earlier decision to deny a special use exception for a billboard.

The city in February settled with the billboard company View Outdoor Advertising in a lawsuit involving two billboards along Broadway.

The settlement permitted View to put up the two billboards. The permission earlier had been first approved and then revoked, prompting View to file the lawsuit.

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