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Neighbors Growing Together | May 28, 2017

City council to consider change to sign ordinance

By Andy Hallman, Ledger news editor | Mar 08, 2017

The Fairfield City Council’s property committee plans to recommend changes to the city’s sign ordinance dealing with electric signs downtown.

Committee chairman Daryn Hamilton said the changes mostly consist of clarifying what an “electronic” sign is and how it differs from an “illuminated” sign, which is allowed in the downtown.

Another change the committee will recommend is to limit the prohibition on electronic signs to the downtown and not to the “cultural district,” a much larger area that extends all the way to New Chicago on Fourth Street. This would allow The Depot Brewery to use an electronic sign it purchased but so far has not turned on to comply with the sign ordinance.

Hamilton explained that an electronic sign is one with a digital display with messages that change every few seconds, such as the sign at The Sweet Spot. He said the committee does not want those signs in the downtown for aesthetic reasons.

The signs that are permissible are illuminated signs, which are signs that are either backlighted or which have a light shone on them. One exception to the prohibition on electronic signs downtown would be a sign indicating a business was open or closed. However, even these would be subject to restrictions. The sign would have to be on a constant glow and could not flash.

Hamilton said he hopes the proposed changes will be ready in the form of an ordinance by the council’s next meeting Monday.

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