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.