Archive for Thursday, June 29, 2006

New sign code delayed

June 29, 2006

Members of the Eudora City Council didn't finalize a new set of sign codes Monday, but they may have been pointed in the right direction.

During a public comment portion of the council's discussion on whether or not to accept a completely revamped set of sign ordinances, council members heard from a new voice joining in on the months-long project ---- Brian Fuller.

Fuller, the owner of the Eudora-based sign manufacturing company Full Bright Sign and Lighting, has studied the sign codes of several cities as part of his business.

Originally, Fuller wanted to have information ready in time to present to the council Monday, but only had a chance to look at the codes briefly, he said.

"Once I looked through them, I had several questions," Fuller said.

In order to find answers to his questions and gather his input on the ordinances, Fuller asked the council to postpone its decision.

If adopted, the sign code would replace Eudora's current ordinances with rules that govern everything from temporary signs to business signs on owned property, while providing clearer rules on off-site business signs.

The code also adds guidelines for limited billboard usage.

With the council's blessing, Fuller will study the new proposed ordinances ---- available at the Eudora Public Library ---- and form comments on what he sees as the new code's relative advantages and disadvantages. Fuller said he could have his comments ready by Monday.

Among the information he would compile would be that provided by the National Sign Council, Fuller said.

"I'd like to see what you have," Councilwoman Lori Fritzel said.

From the discussion, Councilman Bill Whitten seemed impressed with Fuller's knowledge, especially concerning potential billboard signs on the edge of Kansas Highway 10.

"He pointed out to me that you have to pull a permit from KDOT," Whitten said.

Eudora Mayor Tom Pyle also seemed open to hearing Fuller's comments.

"This is the best we've come up with so far, and it's a great improvement, but we want to do it right so we don't have to go around and change three months from now or four months from now," Pyle said.

"I'd rather wait two weeks and hear comment," Councilmember Hopson said.

After Fuller spoke, Eudora Chamber of Commerce President Karin Dougherty addressed the council concerning the chamber's view of the new sign ordinances.

Dougherty first expressed interest at hearing what Fuller would have to offer.

Dougherty said it's important that the chamber look at the issue from two sides ---- first from the point of view of city beautification, but also from the point of view of finding what would be best for Eudora's business community.

"We've asked the additions be added, which takes a look at the two sides that we have," Dougherty said.

The council came to a unanimous decision to table the sign ordinance until its next regularly scheduled meeting at 7:30 p.m. July 10 at Eudora City Hall, 4 E. Seventh Street.

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