Roadside Memorials Policy and Sign Program
Roadside memorials are often placed at the sites of fatal accidents where family and friends can honor and remember lost loved ones. The City of Papillion understands the devastating impact that loss of life from a traffic accident has on family and friends and the need to grieve for a lost loved one.
While the City of Papillion acknowledges the need some people feel to express themselves in this way, the placement of memorials within a public right-of-way can be a safety hazard. In balancing both the grieving process of family and friends and the safety of the traveling public, the City of Papillion’s policy regarding roadside memorials is as follows:
- Roadside memorials in the right-of-way are provided a 90-day allowance period. After 90 days, City staff will provide notice at the memorial site that it will need to be removed within 90 days.
- If the memorial is not removed after 90 days from the notice, City staff will document and photograph the memorial location, then remove the memorial using the utmost respect.
- A notice will provide contact information for where memorial items can be picked up. Removed memorials will be stored for 90 days at the Papillion Public Works Department, where they can be picked up. After 90 days in storage, they will be discarded.
Roadside Memorial Sign Program
For a lasting tribute at the site of a fatal accident, the City of Papillion has established a Roadside Memorial Sign program. The roadside memorial sign is an official sign that is provided and placed by the Public Works Department. It is installed as close as possible to the site where a fatal vehicle accident occurred. The memorial consists of white lettering on a blue background, and contains the message “Please Drive Safely.”
Roadside Memorial Signs may be requested within three years following the date of a fatal motor vehicle accident by a member of the immediate family of the victim. Only one sign will be permitted per victim and the sign may memorialize more than one victim. If an application is approved, the applicant will be informed in writing of the decision along with an invoice for $200 that compensates the City for its review of the application, the installation of the roadside memorial sign and its maintenance. Upon receipt of the non-refundable payment, the City shall manufacture and install the sign, and shall notify the applicant in writing when the sign has been installed. Should the sign become faded, damaged or stolen overtime, the City reserves the right to remove the sign without replacement unless a replacement application is received within 90 days from the original applicant. The City reserves the right to deny any application. Should the application be denied, a full refund of the application shall be provided to the original applicant. Once the sign is installed no additional items will be allowed at any time throughout the year at the demarcated roadside memorial.