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Truck strikes marquee

Over $1,500 damage reported to theater sign
By Xiomara Levsen | Mar 07, 2014
Washington Community Y Director Becky Harkema (standing) introduces members of the design team that created two projects to expand the Y. Seated are Doug Zieglar, (center) and Dan Culp of Carl A. Nelson and Associates.

The State Theater marquee was hit by a semi yesterday afternoon.
The accident was reported to the Washington Communications Center about 1:17 p.m. The call log said a semi ran into the side of the theater and the roadway was still blocked. No injuries were reported, but over $1,500 in damage was reported. A state accident report will be filed, the call log said.
Washington Building and Zoning Administrator Steve Donnolly was also contacted. He said he looked at the damage to the marquee from across the street.
“I didn’t realize it was hanging over the road like that to be able to be hit,” Donnolly said.
He said he didn’t think there was a city ordinance currently limiting how far the marquee could go over the road. However, anything hanging over a sidewalk in the downtown square has to be 8 feet above the sidewalk.
“They’re perfectly legal in that aspect,” Donnelly said.
Donnolly said if the theater owners decide to redo the marquee he would suggest to them they adjust the marquee so it doesn’t hang out over the road as it does now.
Representatives from the State Theater couldn’t be reached for comment.

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