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|Sign regulations topic of Vidalia meeting|
The Vidalia Town Council reiterated Tuesday night the fact that any form of signage in the city limits requires the approval of the board.
The discussion came about after Lawrence Chauvin of Rhino Graphics presented the board an amendment to the 1973 ordinance which did not address temporary signage.
Vidalia City Attorney Jack McLemore advised Chauvin that the ordinance he was using has had several amendments.
McLemore stated the current ordinance prohibits temporary roadside advertising and requires professional signs for businesses. It also states that signs must have board approval -- no exceptions.
Mayor Hyram Copeland said the "no exception" rule was put in the ordinance to be fair.
"I just think it is in the best interest for business," said Chauvin stating that the current process is held up 30 days in between board meetings and businesses need to "promote in a timely manner."
Alderman Maureen Saunders voiced strong opposition to the temporary roadside signs.
"We do not want to penalize our businesses," she said. "But have you gone out and looked at all of those little signs when they're out there? We had them from one end of this town to the other, and it does not look good."
"We have researched this -- some of the businesses that are here are because our town looks good."
Mayor Hyram Copeland weighed in saying that "it has not been an easy issue."
"We are not perfect and we don't want to do anything to hinder businesses," he said. "But we in turn want our town to look good."
Copeland also said that any sign application requiring urgent approval in between meetings is handled by a phone poll of the board.
Ultimately, McLemore and Copeland stated they would again review the ordinance.
Following a brief public hearing, the board adopted an ordinance amending the statute on abandoned vehicles. The ordinance ups the fine to the state maximum of $500.
"If you don't move it or take care of it, we are going to," said McLemore.
In other business, the board opened bids for a new garbage truck, street sweeper, bucket truck and for the sale of surplus equipment. The bids were taken under advisement.
The following licenses were approved:
-Occupational/Sign: Morgan Alexandra's Fine Gifts on the River, 102 Front St., Dana White.
-Occupational: Little Learning Ladder, 418 Mimoas, Damon Knapp.
-Sign: Automotive Services, 1204 Carter St., Chris Allen.
-Sign: Intensive Home Health, 1633 Carter St., Kelly Elveston.
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