After a summer's worth of debate and public meetings about Marysville's temporary sign regulations, legislation changing some of those rules is back in front of city council.

After a summer's worth of debate and public meetings about Marysville's temporary sign regulations, legislation changing some of those rules is back in front of city council.

Council heard the first reading of several ordinances on Sept. 23 that would rework portions of the city's sign code dealing with temporary signs. A lot of work has gone into the changes, city planner Greg DeLong said in his presentation.

"Staff worked diligently over the course of nine months researching best practices, researching the temporary sign regulations for other local communities and drafting language for the planning commission and the public to view," DeLong said.

The following types of temporary signs are currently prohibited in the city, but would be allowed with the proposed changes: sports/organization registration signs, contractor signs, vehicular signs, festival/special events signs, painted holiday window murals, seasonal business signs, identification of sponsors on temporary signs and portable A-frame signs.

Some signs currently allowed in the code but without regulations will continue, with regulations, such as: window signs for nonresidential uses, yard sale/garage sale signs, light pole banners and public or quasi-public signs.

Some council members took issue with a few of the proposed changes. Council President John Gore asked if the changes mean that a place such as a Wendy's restaurant would have to acquire a new permit each time it wanted to put up a chicken nugget sale sign in the window.

DeLong said that under the code, it would.

"At some point, this becomes a safety issue as well," DeLong said, adding that without regulations, some businesses may completely cover their windows, hindering law enforcement from seeing inside.

Planning commission president Ken Kraus told council that rather than debating each aspect of the changes, the city should put them in effect and deal with problems as they arise.

"Many of the business people that (attended our public meetings) said they understand that we need regulations, and that the enforcement needs to be consistent and timely," Kraus said. "Let's put these in place, and if there are problems let's deal with them."

"I'd be in favor of getting them on the books, and if issues come up, we'll look back at them," Councilman Henk Berbee said.

The second reading of the ordinances is scheduled for Oct. 14. A summary of the proposed temporary sign code can be viewed online at www.marysvilleohio.org/proposedsigncodechanges.htm.

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