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City council to review new sign ordinance proposal

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By Meaghan Downs

A proposal for a new city sign ordinance — drafted with input from businesses, the Anderson County chamber of commerce and city officials — is scheduled to be back on the table before the city council after more than a year of discussion, according to City Attorney Robert Myles.
Mayor Edwinna Baker asked Myles to update council members at Monday night’s meeting on the progress of the sign ordinance, the enforcement of which prompted more than a dozen business owners to voice their concerns before the council in June 2011.
In an Anderson News article from June 2011, critics of the sign ordinance argued that city’s enforcement of the ordinance was driving businesses out of the city, and asked for a rewritten sign ordinance that included input from local business owners.
The council excluded Chapter 11 sign ordinance violations from being categorized as civil offenses in July 2011 until new regulations were written, according to Anderson News reports.
Sign ordinance violations are still classified as Class B criminal misdemeanors through the district court, with individuals subject to $250 daily maximum fines if found to be non-compliant.
Myles said about 10-15 meetings have been held regarding a new sign ordinance proposal, and estimated a new sign ordinance would be ready for the planning and zoning commission and city council to review within a month.
“The work between the city and county and business community has been very good,” Myles said.

Wild Turkey water tank
 nears completion
Public Works Director Larry Hazlett announced the new water tank, located near Wild Turkey Distillery, is halfway to completion and its interior should be ready to be sand-blasted and primed. Hazlett said after being painted, the water tank will be sterilized and filled with water by the second week of November, replacing the water tanks on Center Street.
The city blacktopped Joy Street last week, Hazlett said, with a little money to spare from the $166,000 Joy Street grant. The leftover funds will be used to clean debris out of the ditch line; that project is waiting to be bid, Hazlett said.

Sewer rehab
to begin next month
The replacement of about 3,000 feet of city sewer slip lining is set to begin the first week or two in November, Hazlett said.
The city approved a $77,100 bid in September to replace about 1,800 feet of slip lining for sewer rehabilitation in the Glenview subdivision, as well as several other locations in the city.

Factory Street added
as paving project
Paving projects in the city have been finished with the exception of one additional project, Hazlett said. The city will be paving Factory Street within the next week or two, depending on the weather, he said. Hazlett mentioned the plant should remain open until the end of November, and asked for the council’s input on any other paving projects they felt necessary to complete this fall.

City to shut down
Main Street for Halloween
Mayor Baker announced the city will be shutting down Main Street from stoplight to stoplight during the city’s trick-or-treat hours on Wednesday, Oct. 31 from 5:30-7:30 p.m.
Baker said she is working with the Chamber of Commerce, churches and the DARE program to schedule Halloween activities and concessions during that time.