Ore. city panel says no to control tower ads

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MEDFORD, Ore. (AP) -- The city planning commission has voted against allowing corporate signs on the control tower at the Medford airport.

But the airport's director, Bern Case, says he's going to make another pitch, to the City Council.

The airport proposes putting signs on the four sides of the 100-foot tower to advertise a business that Case hasn't yet identified. He says the deal could bring in nearly a third of a million dollars over 10 years.

The signs would require an exception to the city's standards.

The Medford Mail Tribune (http://bit.ly/qW1suf ) reports that planning commission members on Thursday were unanimously against the idea. One said government buildings shouldn't be advertising mediums. Another said the government shouldn't compete with private sign and advertising companies.

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Information from: Mail Tribune, http://www.mailtribune.com/