by Derek Lacey / Staff Writer
The April 11 Mint Hill Board of Commissioners meeting began with a quarterly developers’ workshop, regarding sign ordinance in the town.
Stephen Jackson presented a proposed text amendment to town code, one that would allow for lit signs, and allow them to change messages, something that is prohibited by current code.
The existing ordinance regarding lighted signs states that the signs shall employ only devices emitting light of constant intensity and that no sign shal be illuminated by flashing, intermittent, rotating, or moving light.
Jackson proposed changing the ordinance so that the police and fire departments, as well as local businesses, could convey messages to the community, and could change those messages if need be.
He did not advocate for signs to be able to flash, rotate, or move, but used as an example the Town of Matthews’ ordinance, which states that signs may change only once every 12 hours.
“We have actually embraced this idea on the government side,” said Mayor Ted Biggers. “I certainly support it, as far as public information type signs, which would be police department, fire department, government facility.”
He went on to say that this type of sign could be very beneficial for government agencies and said that the commission would add the issue to an agenda in the very near future.
Commissioners Mickey Ellington and Lloyd Austin voiced concern that the new ordinance, if it were to be changed, be specific enough to ensure that lit signs conveying messages not roll, flash, or move.
Signs of this nature could be used by the Fire Department and Police Department to convey messages to the public like events and pertinent information to the community like Amber Alerts.
The commission plans to add the petition to an upcoming agenda.
During the public comments portion of the meeting, local Realtor Nobie Thrasher spoke to commissioners regarding Realtors Care Day, which will take place this Friday, April 19. It’s an all-day home repair event where Realtors help residents with critical home repair needs and without the means to pay for them.
It is sponsored by The Housing Opportunity Foundation, who works with local partners to find eligible residents for the effort.
Thrasher gave information about the effort, and told the commission that there are a couple sites in Mint Hill where the Realtors will be working, and invited the board to visit during the day of work.
In other matters
The board set the summer meeting schedule for July and August, designating July 18 and August 15 as meeting dates.
The board voted unanimously to approve petition #ZC13-3, to update floodplain language to reflect new floodplain maps, include new definitions, and provide clarification as requested by Mecklenburg County Storm Water Services.
The board chose the brick style for the Mint hill Police Department renovation, selecting the same brick that is used in the Town Hall.
After the meeting, the board went into closed session for a real estate and legal matter, and did not announce any action afterward.