ST. JOSEPH - The Welcome to St. Joseph sign was removed on Thursday afternoon.

In December, a request was sent to the city by property owner Mike Deutz to remove the sign.

The letter sent to St. Joseph says the sign is on private property and that Deutz Property, LLC, revoked the permission it previously gave the city to maintain the sign on the property.

The sign was located on Old Highway 52.

City administrator Judy Weyrens says the sign will be put into storage. The city is working with property owners to find a new location to place the sign.

WJON reached out to Deutz on Friday morning, but he isn't yet in the office to return calls.

The sign had been at the location since the spring of 1996. City documents say the St. Joseph Lion's Club built the sign and donated it to the city.