Marysville City Council continues to work on proposed amendments to the city's temporary signage code. On Thursday night, Uptown business owners chimed in with their thoughts on the matter.

Marysville City Council continues to work on proposed amendments to the city's temporary signage code. On Thursday night, Uptown business owners chimed in with their thoughts on the matter.

Council members reiterated their position that the proposed changes are intended for two reasons to facilitate business in Marysville, and to keep the city's appearance one that residents and visitors can both embrace.

Business owner Joe Duke said the changes, including any permit fees that may ultimately be included, constitute too much government interference in Marysville's business community.

"I know you don't want Uptown to be ugly I don't want that either," Duke said. "To me (permit fees) are an increase in taxation, and I don't want that right now."

Businesswoman Jo Clark said she thinks the city should be focusing on other issues.

"I'm so upset that this much effort has gone into a sign issue," Clark said. "You say you want it to be 'pretty' and 'nice' downtown nice by whose standards? You're supposed to be supporting Uptown. We see no signs of that."

Council president John Gore said he understands the business owners' position, but the city has also received complaints about enforcement not being applied evenly.

Mayor Chris Schmenk said that when the city solicited public input to help build its community comprehensive plan, residents made it clear that they didn't want a lot of intrusive signs in their city.

"(The proposed changes) are better than when we first got them, but there is still a long way to go," Gore said. "There has been no consistency in the enforcement of the current legislation."

The council approved a list of five amendments to the proposed changes at the Nov. 18 meeting. If approved, those amendments would go into section 1143.09 D of Marysville's code, a section labeled Window Signs non-residential:

Signs shall not cover more than 25 percent of the window or window panel in which the sign is placed. Signs shall only be placed in first floor windows unless the use is located solely in the second or higher stories of a building. Signs shall be erected for a period not to exceed 60 days each. All previously displayed signage shall be removed and not reinstalled for 30 days. A permit shall be obtained for each period before the displaying of such sign. There will be no fee for the permit. Up to three flyers or posters of public, quasi-public organizations, or community events may be displayed. These flyers or posters shall not count against the 25 percent coverage described in Section 1143.09 D. 1. and shall not apply to the 60-day time limit as described in Section 1143.09 D. 3.

The council intends to vote on the proposed changes on Dec. 2. A complete list of the proposed changes can be found on the city's website at www.marysvilleohio.org.

In other business, the council approved 4-3 to remove step increases to a number of city employees' salaries for the next year. Gore said the step increases should not be included in the city's budget, as the council promised an across-the-board salary freeze of its employees when voters decided on a municipal income tax increase. The step increases amounted to $32,487.