Billboard company whacks Rice County Commissioners with billboard, website

Galen-Malecha District 2 Rice County Board member Galen Malecha phoned me Wed. night, alerting me to a billboard on I-35 at the Rice/Scott county line and a web site called RiceCoJobs.com.

Attorney Clinton McLagon is a business partner for an outdoor advertising company, according to the Thursday edition of the Faribault Daily News which has a story on the issue titled, Sign questions local leaders. McLagon…

… approached the Rice County planning and zoning commission April 22 on behalf of three Rice County residents to look at changing the zoning ordinances for the land between County Road 1 and Highway 19.

… McLagan said businesses are leaving urban areas and having billboards is a way to attract them to more rural areas. He said those who petitioned would be compensated for use of their land for the billboards. “We had a petition to change the definition in the zoning ordinance to allow billboards on some of the properties,” he said. “It would give them the opportunity to develop their land in the future.”

… At a May 20 work session, the commissioners agreed not to look into changing the zoning ordinances to allow billboards at that time.

There is a national company called Interstate Outdoor Advertising but the RiceCoJobs.com web site spells it “Interstate Outdoor Advertizing LLC” with the same address as McLagon.  The photo on the site has been doctored to make it look like it’s a photo of the one on I35. The Fbo paper’s web site has an actual photo.

3 Comments

  1. Bob Hawbaker said:

    Please! No more billboards! They are a blight on the landscape. The one that is the subject of this story is a good example.

    July 16, 2008
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  2. rod zumwalt said:

    you gotta love the extra “S” in “commisssioners” on that billboard.

    July 17, 2008
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  3. Britt Ackerman said:

    LMFAO Rod. Really makes me want to advertisse on their bilbords.

    July 17, 2008
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