Council centers meeting on updates, new business
While a public hearing was scheduled regarding the Transportation Master Code amendments on Jan. 23, it was over in nearly a blink of an eye.
The public hearing opened and there was no discussion nor support or opposition from the public to the adoption and was immediately closed. Council members held no discussion and the ordinance quickly passed unopposed. It was offered a second time and passed unopposed and then adopted. It takes effect 30 days from Jan. 23.
The discussion over the sign code update took much longer. Last year, council members removed the sign code from the development code and now staff has found that alteration/amendment is necessary and asking what to do with the proposed alterations and identification of other changes and to set a public hearing.
Several sections were removed because they are no longer needed or part of the code and have been removed. Another had been removed, but was reviewed and updated. New language was inserted in another section based on city council concerns regarding prohibited signs.
"Any signs advertising a business or other use, which has closed or discontinued operations within the building, on the lot or in the development shall be deemed abandoned and must be removed within 90 days of the time the business has closed, unless there is a new permit issued for the sign.
There was an extended discussion on the latter, some felt 90 days was too long. Elizabeth Klein wanted to know whose responsibility it was to remove the sign. She also asked what happed if the sign hadn't been taken down after 90 days. Turns out there will be a charge of $1,000 per day as long as the sign remains, although most thought it would have been taken down before that occurred.
Councilors then questioned whether signs could be turned around if the store or business was closed. It was discussed about sending a letter.
No vote was taken and the sign code will be brought back to the council.