Council agrees to consider church signagePublished 10:59am Wednesday, December 5, 2012
The Rev. Tom Peterson approached the council Monday and requested church signage on city street rights-of-way be considered.
According to Peterson, Bethlehem Lutheran Church is difficult to find for some, and the city should consider allowing churches to receive a special exemption to place signage along city streets to help residents and visitors find churches.
Churches provide special services to the community, and those in need of assistance should have an easy way to find churches they’re looking for, he said.
Some council members expressed concern about the exemption. Pat Connelly said entities like daycares and even small businesses would have an argument that they deserve the same privileges.
Jay Cichosz said there are so many churches in the city that clutter might become issue if every church in town decided to put up signs.
The council agreed to consider the idea and look into the way church signage is handled in other cities similar to Fergus Falls.