Marysville business owners will have another chance to make their opinions known before the city votes on substantive changes to its temporary sign code.

Marysville business owners will have another chance to make their opinions known before the city votes on substantive changes to its temporary sign code.

For several months, city leaders and the business community have been discussing the specific rules that govern the placement of temporary signs in windows, on public sidewalks and other locations, along with pending legislation that would change many of those rules.

On Oct. 28, city council presented a list of 20 proposed amendments to the new temporary signage legislation. Council president John Gore said that to allow council members time to digest each amendment, the item was tabled until this week's (Nov. 4) council meeting.

Council will review each of the amendments and vote on them separately. A public hearing will be held at that meeting, followed by a third reading and a vote at the Nov. 18 meeting.

Some of the proposed amendments are only meant to clarify language in the code, but others have more of an impact.

They include:

Window signs: the number of signs shall be limited to no more than 50 percent of the total number of windows per building, with a maximum number of four signs. Signs shall not cover more than 25 percent of the window where they're placed. Signs shall only be placed in first-floor windows, with some exceptions. Permit shall be obtained and fee paid prior to the placement of any sign. Permit application shall include a diagram or sketch showing the location of such signs; if the owner wishes to change the location of such sign, a new permit is required. Permits are valid for one calendar year.

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.

While the process to amend the temporary sign code has gone on for a number of months, council president John Gore said it's important to get things right the first time.

"I believe it's the desire of everyone to get this right so we don't have to keep revisiting this every number of months," he said.

Everyone is welcome to participate in the public hearing for the proposed legislation this week on Thursday, Nov. 4, at 7 p.m. at city hall.

A summary of the proposed temporary sign code can be viewed online at www.marysvilleohio.org/proposedsigncodechanges.htm.