City Council to vote on sign regulations

January 12, 2011 • Local News

The City Council will vote Thursday whether to approve adopting a watered-down version of new sign regulations that were previously voted down by the council. A public hearing will be held prior to the vote on the new rules package that omits a majority of the language that resulted in criticism by some city residents.

The council voted against the measures in August, but the issue later returned and officials spent about three and a hal f hours [auth] discussing it during a December workshop I f approved, the updated regulation would be without much of the restrict ions on people’s homes and lacking l imitations on the amount of signs businesses would be allowed to display.

“With the exception of the digital sign regulations, . .. I think probably the best thing for people to understand is that what we have now, basically exists in other documents,” said Michael Vickers, city planner. “The nice thing about having the sign regulation is that it is all in one document.” Councilor Judy Stubbs, chairwoman of the Planning and Zoning Committee, told officials during the meet ing that if the regulations were again voted down, the regulations proposal would likely be put to rest.

Councilors will also decide whether to approve $150,000 in lodger’s tax funding for the next UFO Festival. Last month, two newly appointed cochairs of the UFO Festival Committee requested the funding from the city’s Occupancy Tax Board.

Julie Shuster, director of the UFO Museum and Research Center, and Neal Roe, a Roswell resident, will share responsibility for managing the UFO Festival. City officials will also decide whether to move forward with selecting a company for Roswell’s advertising and marketing services. Two companies, including Hayduk and King of Santa Fe and Rick Johnson of Albuquerque, submitted request for proposals. The city currently uses Rick Johnson.

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