Regulations governing the use of temporary signs returned to the agenda June 23 after Marysville's city council heard first readings of three ordinances that would amend that section of the city code.

Regulations governing the use of temporary signs returned to the agenda June 23 after Marysville's city council heard first readings of three ordinances that would amend that section of the city code.

For the past year and a half, the city has worked on exactly what its code should say pertaining to temporary signs what sort of uses should be allowed, how they should be permitted and where they can be placed.

An ad hoc committee of council members and residents went over each line of the code during the process, returning the issue to council and the city's planning commission several times over the past 18 months.

"I thank the residents and business owners of Marysville," councilwoman Deborah Groat, who chaired the ad hoc committee, said at the council's June 23 meeting. "Over the last 18 months, through the course of the planning commission, city council, public affairs committee, ad hoc committee and back to the planning commission, many people have spent many hours to produce ordinances that are sensible, business-friendly and enforceable. It is now the job of the city personnel not only to enforce good code, but also to serve as a source of advice and design suggestions for those businesses that would appreciate design input before sensible enforcement."

The ordinances propose several changes to Marysville's code governing temporary signs. Groat said the most notable changes include a one-time portable sidewalk sign inspection fee of $50, with subsequent annual inspections at no charge. "Portable sidewalk signs" replaces the term "A-frame signs." If approved, the city's code would now permit temporary signs for sports and organizations, contractor identification, window signs, yard and garage sale signs, vehicular signs, festival and special event signs, holiday murals, light pole banners, public and quasi-public signs and portable sidewalk signs. No fees are required for these signs, Groat said.

Planning commission chairman Ken Kraus said the new changes will help all business owners know where they stand.

"I think the biggest single thing you'll find as you look through this is consistency," Kraus said during the meeting. "It isn't one set of rules for one zoning district, and another set for another. It's the same city-wide for these temporary signs. It's consistent, and that was one of the issues brought forth by our business representatives, and I think that's the key."

Councilwoman Tracy Richardson thanked the community for its input on the legislation.

"We did our homework, sought public input and worked diligently, and produced a product we sincerely hope will benefit the community," Richardson said. "Some may be disappointed, others pleased, but in the end we sought to do what was right to keep Marysville attractive and to create signage that will promote business and protect our citizens."

Residents will have more opportunities to weigh in on the issue; a public hearing on the ordinances will be held on July 28. The complete text of the ordinances can be viewed on the city's website at www.marysvilleohio.org.