The Cherokee City Council approved the first reading of an ordinance ammending sign requirements within the Cherokee Historic District.
The action Tuesday is the result of several requests for sign rule exemptions from business owners who wanted a more historic look for the signs identifying their buinesses. The nature of the exemption requests generated a protest from the Cherokee Board of Adjustments that proper procedures were not followed.
"All variances go before the board of adjustments," Kurt Clabaugh of the board of adjustments informed the city council. The requests went before the planning and zoning commission instead which does not have the authority to grant a variance request.
Therequests were made to have signs on Main Street businesses extend out from the building above the entrance, contributing to an old-style appearance for the business district.
Currently signs are not allowed to extend out beyond the front of the building. The change in ordinance approved on first reading Tuesday allows a sign up to 4 ft. by 4 ft. extending a maximum of 4 ft. from the building face with a minimum clearance of 8 1/2 feet above the sidewalk.
The ordinance will come before the council at a future meeting. An ordinace requires three readings, with the third reading typically waived if there are no objections expressed after the first reading.
The council approved the low bids for two pickups, one for the water department and one for the wastewater department, pending verification by department heads that the pickups meet all specifications.
The low bid was from Brown Chevrolet for 2006 Chevy pickups at $13,829 each with an additional $299 for the trailer tow package requested for the water department pickup.
Three dealerships submitted bids.