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Council makes progress on new sign ordinance

Wednesday, August 13, 2008

Sam Glover
New regulations for signs around the city may soon be in place.

The Common Council of the City of Brazil approved the first reading of the new sign ordinance during Tuesday night's meeting.

"We have beaten this thing to death," Ward 2 Council Member Sam Glover said. "We haven't heard much about it since the initial meeting about the ordinance, and hopefully the business owners trust us to do the right thing."

Some of the major changes in the ordinance include:

* Signs put up on the side of a building may take up no more than 10 percent of the wall's square footage,

* "A"-frame signs may take up no more than 25 percent of the width of the sidewalk/curb,

* New "flashing arrow" signs will be prohibited,

* No new billboards will be allowed within city limits, and

* Any temporary signs will be allowed for a maximum of 30 days per year.

"The temporary signs mainly focus on the canvas banners that tend to be used as permanent signs," City Attorney Bob Pell said. "A big problem with them is that they typically don't hold up in the weather and they shouldn't be used as a businesses primary signage to begin with."

The council attempted to suspend the rules to put the ordinance into effect immediately but the motion did not receive a 100 percent vote.

Pat Heffner and Steve Lamb voted against the immediate passage and the ordinance will have its second reading and final action during September's council meeting.

During Tuesday's meeting the council also:

* Approved the final action on two tax abatement applications for Morris Manufacturing and Sales Corp., 1017 E. Mechanic St., Brazil.

The abatements are for $50,000 in real estate improvements and $2,281,580 in personal property (equipment) improvements and upgrades.

Also, the company anticipates the hiring of an additional 16 employees as part of the abatements,

* Conducted a public hearing regarding the abatements for Genesis Enterprises/Eutectic Resources, Inc., 9413 N. County Road 50 East, Brazil. The hearing was to review the employment numbers for compliance in order to decide whether to approve or deny the abatement for another year.

The initial filing had incorrect information on it and an amended statement of benefits was submitted. After review, the council decided to approve the abatements for another year.

All open abatements are subject to a yearly review for compliance, and

* Passed an ordinance, with suspended rules, establishing stop signs along Morgan Street where it intersects with W. Brazil, W. Williams and W. Ohio streets.

The next regular meeting of the Common Council of the City of Brazil will be Tuesday, Sept. 9, at 7 p.m., in the Council Chambers at City Hall.

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they need to quit worrying about the signs & work on the roads & sidewalks.

-- Posted by nobob on Wed, Aug 13, 2008, at 8:50 PM

Too bad Ms. Altman didn't resign earlier! Then I don't think this would even have been an issue. Maybe some of these OLD ordinances should be examined before being enforced. Some of the old laws on the books are ridicules. If some new gung ho "sign nazi" is hired hopefully they won't be out gunning for action on old out dated ordinances.

-- Posted by Icareaboutbrazil on Thu, Aug 14, 2008, at 6:53 AM

While living and working in this town my entire life, never once did I think about signs as I was driving through the business district. However, many times I have noticed and been appalled at how the city tolerates delabidated, unihabited dwellings with grass up to your hips.

If we're going to worry about appearances, and to some point we certainly should, start with the latter part of my previous paragraph.

The old falling down houses in this town that will not sell, should be razed within 60 days! Maybe an empty lot will actually sell where an eyesore used to be. At least that empty lot will look better than what is there now in many, many places in this town.

-- Posted by ClayCountyGuy on Thu, Aug 14, 2008, at 7:16 AM

I agree with you ClayCountyGuy, I never really paid attention to the amount of signs in Brazil, signs are a way to spread the word about your business, they are vital to keep people coming to Brazil to do business. I too think that there needs to be more focus on the run down homes, streets and sidewalks. Its pretty sad when you can drive down a country road that is more smooth than the city streets.

-- Posted by Six Foot Town on Thu, Aug 14, 2008, at 11:42 AM

Streets & sidewalks need some attention, sure, but with the limited funds that our community is faced with, I think the City Administration & Street Dept do a pretty good job ~ as I have stated numerous times before; our community needs to respond to issues in a more positive manner ~

Some of the city & county homes need attention ~ maybe even need to be torn down ~ but there is a legal process that must be secured before one can just decide to tear a dwelling down ~ let's be logical ~

I am one citizen that does notice new signs ~ the wonderful custom painted signs add a charming quaintness to our town ~ latitude must be given to the independent business owners if we want our town to grow & become more prosperous ~ with new businesses hopefully more jobs ~ leave the signs alone for awhile ~ I haven't seen one that isn't tastefully painted ~ Ms. Altman is gone ~ some would say thankfully ~ let the business owners conduct business ~

Time for all to be a more positive support of our town & county ~ !!

-- Posted by karebabe on Thu, Aug 14, 2008, at 4:07 PM

I agree the focus should be on other things than signs. If I were new to the area I would notice the disrepair of our streets before I would notice the size of a sign someone had in front of their business.

-- Posted by sew&sew on Thu, Aug 14, 2008, at 6:05 PM

Why not dress up our city now that we have ambitious youngsters that have provided some hydrant designs ~ maybe hydrants could be 'adopted' by community members & painted ~ that would go along with the trash receptacle idea of unoit ~ which is another good one ~ lots of communities have different banners on the lamp posts for different seasons or events ~ anything would be great to promote our community & make it more desirable to newcomers!

-- Posted by karebabe on Fri, Aug 22, 2008, at 9:48 PM

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