Bankruptcy signs questioned by city

Staff Writer
Geneseo Republic

City of Geneseo officials have received a number of complaints regarding the signage for the Klavohn’s bankruptcy sale.

According to city administrator Eric Wiederhold, the signage has not been permitted by the city, nor does the signage meet the requirements of the city’s zoning code.

When asked to remove the signage, the present owners presented an order from the United States Bankruptcy Court for the Central District of?Illinois that reads, in part, “The sale at the closing location shall be conducted by the debtors and the consultant without the necessity of compliance with any federal, state or local statute or ordinance (other than safety laws), lease provision or licensing requirement affecting store closing, ‘going out of business,’ bankruptcy liquidation or auction sales, or affecting advertising including signs, banners and posting of signage.”

Wiederhold said the city and its legal counsel are researching the validity of the order.