NEW: Former Watertown City Councilman taking city to court over alleged sign violation

September 1, 2021
Mike Tanner

WATERTOWN, S.D.–A former Watertown city councilman is taking the city he once represented to court.

City Attorney Matt Roby tells KWAT News that a letter from Watertown’s code enforcement officer was sent to Josh Weyh on July 8th, alerting him that he was in violation of city code by flying three “feather flag-type signs” outside his pizza restaurant on West Kemp Avenue.

Roby says Weyh refused to remove the signs, so a Watertown police officer visited him on July 27th, giving him one final chance to comply. When he refused, Weyh was issued a citation that Roby says carries a maximum penalty of a $200 fine.

Weyh has chosen to challenge the violation, and entered a not guilty plea to a charge of Prohibited Signs during a court appearance Tuesday.

The judge set a jury trial for 2:30 p.m. on October 19th.

KWAT News reached out to Weyh, but he declined comment. 

Weyh won a seat on the city council in 2017 by defeating Randy Tupper in a runoff election. 

Those two ran against each other in June of this year, with Tupper coming out the winner.