establishes rules for lighted commercial signs, bans
the color red
November 21, 2008 | SMITHFIELD -- To light or not to
light? That was the question posed to the Planning Commission
when they gathered together Wednesday night.
After weeks of deliberation and research, the commission
started to put the finishing touches on a new ordinance
for electronic signs in the city. Using Hyde Park's
Advanced Restoration Systems sign as an example of what
was not wanted, the commission laid out a plan.
One of the topics of greatest discussion was how close
together the council would allow the signs to be.
"I'm not fundamentally against the signs," Commissioner
David Price said. "But I am against them being lined
up every 50 feet."
In the end the commission agreed that a minimum distance
of 100 feet be the standard kept. The group did, however,
say that measurements of certain lots would be taken
and the matter revisited.
Other matters discussed involved the presentation
of the sign. Factors such as auto dimming, the way the
messages would scroll, the intensity of the color and
how the message would change were all things talked
about and set aside to another date.
Following the ARS example of what not to do, the council
also outlawed the use of the color red for any electronic
"You can see it from Preston," Price said in reference
to the ARS sign.