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Lawrenceville council amends window, door sign ordinance

LAWRENCEVILLE – After several months of discussion, the Lawrenceville City Council finally decided to amend its window and door sign ordinance.

At Monday night’s meeting, the panel changed its definition of signs to mean anything attached to windows or doors inside or outside within 40 feet of the business. Furthermore, a sign can’t take up more than 20 percent of the window or door area. The amendment also states that if a business wants its sign to take up more than the allotted space, it must apply to the city council for a special-use permit.

A number of public hearings at the meeting included requests for special permits, involving one from All Pro Carts, a distributor of golf carts at 345 Buford Drive. This request was approved, as long as the sign didn’t take up more than the 20 percent level.

The council also approved a change that will increase the maximum size of an allowed EMC sign area to 72 feet, as Nash Chevrolet, 630 Scenic Highway, can now place this size sign in its BG zoning classification, according to the panel’s action. According to a recommendation by the City Planning and Zoning Commission, the business will need to pare its five signs down to two.

In other business, the council:

• Granted a request from Goodwill of North Georgia, 251 Scenic Highway, to allow for tractor and trailer parking at its loading dock area. Conditions on the request include: parking can’t block access to other businesses and no sign twirling is allowed on the premises.

• Approved a permit request from A-1 Mini Storage, 470 W. Pike St., to allow transportation rental and parking of commercial vehicles on the lot.

• Approved the following consent agenda items: adding a $30 per month addition to the manual meter reading fees on customers who require it; purchase of a vehicle not to exceed $23,000 for a new employee in the damage prevention office; and allocation of $162,840 for January 2014 small purchases.

• Honored retirees JoAnn Shipley and Robert Pope, who served on the Lawrenceville Housing Authority for 26 and 16 years, respectively; and Missy Lee, who worked for eight years with the Lawrenceville Tourism and Trade Association.