Council to take up sign code Monday

The firsts are out of the way for the new Jefferson City Council and mayor, and at Monday night’s meeting, it will be time to get down to business.

One of the first major pieces of business the council will deal with is the city’s existing code pertaining to electronic signs.

The council will be presented Monday night with a amendment to the city’s sign ordinance to allow electronic signs under “stringent regulations.”

Janice McMillan, deputy director of Planning and Transportation Services, said during the council pre-meeting Thursday morning the bill came as a result of several months of discussion by the city’s ad hoc committee on signs.

The electronic signs will be permitted only in C-2, M-1 and M-2 zones. Additionally, if the only information displayed by the sign involves the time and temperature or the cost of gas at a gas station, then the signs will also be permitted in the C-0, C-1 and C-3 zones. In all cases, the electronic portion cannot cover more than 50 percent of the total allowed signage that a single establishment is allowed.

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