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Proposed city sign becomes a reality

POSTED: April 3, 2013 4:00 a.m.

The proposed digital sign for the city's municipal complex will become a reality following Monday night's regular Dawsonville City Council meeting.

The April 1 meeting saw both a variance and guideline proposal on the agenda. In order for the sign to become a reality, both of these would have to be approved by the city council.

As part of the March 18 Dawsonville Planning Commission meeting, the city had requested a variance to its own ordinance regulating the size and luminosity of digital signs.

The current sign is 32 square feet, the maximum limit allowed by the city. The newly proposed sign is 48 square feet. Also in the variance was how bright the sign can be.

The variance passed a unanimous vote with the motion made by Richard Spaeth and seconded by Ken Breeden.

In the most recent meeting, the city also passed the variance, with a motion made by Jason Power and seconded by Angie Smith. The vote was unanimous.

The sign will be purchased from Lang Signs at a cost of $30,387.20.

The city council approved amending the budget to move the cost of the sign from general funds during its regular meeting on March 4.

As for the sign guidelines, the city has elected not to allow advertisements, despite what was previously suggested by City Clerk Bonnie Warne in the March 18 planning commission meeting.

All requests for sign use will go through the city clerk and be approved by the mayor, or if he is unavailable, the mayor pro tem.

According to Warne, now that all of the required municipal processes have been done, the plan is to "get the sign ASAP, but it has to be ordered and the cabinet built."

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