This will be the third time the council has scheduled a public hearing on proposed changes to the municipal code that include several regulations and restrictions regarding signs of all types – billboard, business, private, etc.
The council twice postponed the hearing over concerns some of the restrictions may be too broad and in an effort to initiate more discussion with local business owners via the Chamber of Commerce before a decision is made.
Also included in the proposed changes to the city code – but much less controversial – are regulations regarding sight triangle requirements for structures, driveways, parking spaces, fences, landscaping, and signs; and the addition of numerous definitions for business types and other structures.
Details on the proposed changes were published in the March 13 edition of the Daily Press and can be found online at www.artesianews.com/1563099/new-mayor-to-preside-over-first-council-meeting-public-hearing-set-on-signage-other-regulations.html.
The council will also hear a presentation on the city’s 2016-17 audit and will decide whether to confirm the mayor’s suggestions for appointed officials, including city clerk; police and fire chief; Infrastructure, Human Resources and Community Development directors; and city attorney.
The only individual up for approval who does not currently hold their position is attorney Matthew T. Byers, who would come on to replace retired attorney John Caraway.
The council will also elect a Mayor Pro Tem.
The meeting is scheduled to begin at 6 p.m. Tuesday, March 27, in Council Chambers at City Hall.