Committee to revisit sign ordinance
The Fairfield City Council’s property committee is considering revising the city’s sign ordinance.
The issue of revising the ordinance surfaced when Depot Brewery put up an electric sign outside the business. After putting it up, the owner realized the business needed a permit.
City code does not allow electric signs in the city’s “cultural district,” which the Depot is part, so the business has not turned on the sign.
The portion of Fourth Street near the railroad tracks is known as “New Chicago,” and is considered historically significant.
City councilor Daryn Hamilton, who is also a member of the property committee, said the restriction against electronic signs in the cultural district seems unnecessary for a business as far from downtown as the Depot Brewery is.
“I don’t think having a scrolling electronic sign would be a problem,” said Hamilton, adding that the business abuts the railroad station and that it’s sign is far from homes that could be bothered by it.
Hamilton mentioned that other businesses that are much closer to downtown, such as The Sweet Spot, are outside the cultural district and therefore allowed electronic signs.
Hamilton said the property committee is considering redefining the area where electronic signs are prohibited, and clarifying the definition of an electronic sign.
In other news, the council voted to accept the airport renovations as final. In early 2016, the staff at the airport moved into a new terminal, which was built on the foundation of the old one. The former terminal was demolished in July 2015, and construction began that August.
Airport manager Bob Lyons addressed the council about the new terminal.
The terminal has a lobby with plush chairs and a television set, a few office rooms, a conference room, a pilots’ lounge with a television and a kitchenette.
The council voted unanimously to approve the third reading of an amendment to the ordinance on outdoor dining.
The amendment clarifies that railings are mandatory for establishments that wish to sell alcohol outdoors; that alcohol may not be served before 11 a.m. and that dining areas are to remain free from “litter, food scraps, and soiled dishes so as not to create a nuisance.”