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Hiram votes to extend sign moratorium
by Adam Elrod
aelrod@neighbornewspapers.com
January 09, 2013 10:59 AM | 1241 views | 0 0 comments | 12 12 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Hiram City Council voted to extend the moratorium on new sign permits at a special called meeting last week.

The moratorium affects permits for signs exceeding at least 25 square feet in display area.

The ordinance is extended to April 3 to allow the city to complete a review needed to rewrite the sign ordinance.

During the moratorium period the city will not accept or process any applications for permits to build a sign exceeding 25 square feet in the city limits, according to the city’s resolution for the restriction.

The meeting was called for the reason of the extension, because the previous moratorium expired Jan. 2, according to the resolution.

The council is currently rewriting the city’s codes, said Hiram Mayor Doris Devey.

The ordinance was put into place to protect public safety and preserve the city’s aesthetic quality, according to the city’s resolution.

“You do not want a really big sign that could come down during a storm,” Devey said.

The city did not have a sign ordinance before the moratorium went into effect, she said.

“People could put up signs any where,” Devey said.

In other action the council issued seven alcohol licenses including, five for the renewals of full pouring licenses with no changes, one renewal of full pouring licenses with a changed name on the license and one renewal for a limited pouring license.

Also approved was upgrade of four thermostats in the Hiram Community Center to smart thermostats, which can be turned on and off by computers and smart phones at any location. The upgrade will cost $2,465.
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