PSJ commissioners to again revisit sign ordinance

Published: Thursday, February 6, 2014 at 12:37 PM.

All out of compliance signs were given five years, or until Oct. 1, 2013, to come into compliance on height, square footage and other yardsticks.

When commissioners again took up the ordinance at the request of Thursbay late last year, the deadline was moved back to June 1, 2014.

In the past couple of weeks city staff sent out registered letters to those with signs that were out of compliance, noting the deadline.

Commissioner Bo Patterson said Tuesday that the ordinance as “unfair.”

He said businesses long established were being told their sign was out of compliance and the process to appeal for a variance or special exemption to the sign ordinance, at a cost of $300, was unfair.

“I just don’t think it is right,” Patterson said. “Why can’t we grandfather these signs in? We don’t want to punish the business people who employ people and pay city taxes.”

He motioned to once again amend the sign ordinance to grandfather in signs in existence when the ordinance was approved last month and to eliminate any mandates concerning the five-foot right of way on state roads 71 and U.S. 98.

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