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Council hears first reading on sign ordinance [UPDATED]

Published 9:41am Tuesday, June 18, 2013 Updated 11:54am Tuesday, June 18, 2013

It was the first reading of the temporary sign ordinance for Fergus Falls at the city council meeting Monday.

The ordinance is a result of negotiations between the city and the Chamber of Commerce regarding temporary signs in town.

The ordinance will be up for a second reading, approval and publication at the next council meeting.

The ordinance would take effect 15 days after publication.

Temporary signs, as defined, identify a special, unique or limited activity, service, product or sale of a limited duration.

They are not affixed to a permanent structure and are removed immediately after the event.

An annual temporary sign permit (per sign) of $50 will be required by the sign owner.

 

The city council also:

• Approved a donation of $28,401.66 from the Fergus Falls 544 Education Foundation to the Community Arena. Total donations received is $2,163,484.59.

• Approved a $10,895 grant from the Otto Bremer Foundation to go toward a portable digital media lab for the Fergus Falls Public Library. Funds would be used to purchase a media cart, laptop, audio and video recording equipment, applicable software and licensing providing access to online training videos for library staff and patrons.

• Authorized hiring consultant Advance Resources for Development to prepare a tax increment plan for an apartment complex project on land behind the Fergus Falls Target.

  • cyberdog

    As the ordinance exists now, the owner of Dairyland has a temporary sign in front of his restaurant all the time. Guess what? The owner is on the city counsel. He is one of about 5 business which are still allowed to have temporary signs. They are ugly and ruin the look of our beautify streets which we take so much pride in.

    • annk

      The owner of Dairyland is not on the city council.

    • Frizzel

      I fail to see any issue here regarding the sign at Dairyland. It’s his property and he’s using it to promote a business, not a rummage sale in a residential neighborhood.

  • cyberdog

    OK, he’s not on the city council.

    Why is he allowed to put one of those obnoxious temporary signs on the street when everyone else is not allowed to do this? Why should he be allowed to do this when 99% of other businesses are not allowed to do it?

    I think there is a bit of brown nosing going on here at the expense of our beautiful city.

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