The Marysville city administration is inviting both members of the business community and the community at large to a public meeting tomorrow to gather input on how Marysville should regulate its existing temporary sign code.

The Marysville city administration is inviting both members of the business community and the community at large to a public meeting tomorrow to gather input on how Marysville should regulate its existing temporary sign code.

Proposed changes were brought before Marysville's city council in July, but those changes were returned to the city's planning commission following concern voiced by business owners. While council members stressed the need for more public input on the issues before a decision is made, little or no input has been given since the proposed changes were returned to the planning commission, according to city administrator Jillian Froment.

In an attempt to collect input, the city is hosting a public meeting at 7 p.m. tomorrow, Aug. 2, at city hall. Froment said the city needs the input of not just business owners, but other residents as well.

"One of the challenges of doing a modification to any sign code is to establish a balance in which businesses are able to sufficiently advertise their products and services, yet maintain a clean and attractive appearance which the residents of our city expect," Froment said in an email message. "Your input, whether as a business owner or resident, is incredibly important and we welcome your thoughts on this issue."

The proposed changes to the city's code deal with temporary signs used by businesses, and cover banners, sports/organization registration signs, contractor signs, non-residential window signs, yard sale/garage sale signs, vehicular signs, festival and special event signs, painted holiday window murals, light pole banners, seasonal business signage, public or quasi-public signage, and identification of sponsors on temporary signs.

City planner Greg DeLong has told ThisWeek that the intent of the changes is to open up more options to Marysville business owners.

"Most of the signs you see that will sit on the temporary sign list are presently not allowed in the city, so we're intending to allow them now, with limits," DeLong said. "Presently residents are not supposed to put signs in the right of way, which is still in effect, but with some of these temporary uses now permitted, we needed to inform those users of where exactly they can put the signs."

A summary of the proposed temporary sign code can be viewed online at www.marysville ohio.org/ proposedsigncode changes.htm.

The public meeting takes place at 7 p.m. Aug. 2 at city hall, 125 E. Sixth St. Froment said those unable to attend the meeting, or who have additional questions or concerns following the meeting, are encouraged to send their thoughts to DeLong at gdelong@ marysvilleohio.org, or to call the city's planning and zoning staff at 937-642-6015.