Euharlee council discusses sign ordinance revisions
by Jason Lowrey
Sep 20, 2012 | 1647 views | 0 0 comments | 16 16 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Euharlee’s sign ordinance will soon be revised with clarified language designed to remove any contradictions in its requirements. During Tuesday’s work session, the council discussed the changes, which include a ban on signs relating to residential, home-based businesses.

The revisions, City Manager Trish Sullivan said, were “minimal changes” to the overall ordinance, as they were designed to delineate sign requirements and refine sign definitions. She continued, saying the ordinance revisions had been going on for some time and were not in response to Euharlee Mercantile’s difficulty in getting new signs approved.

“But it really was not a result of changing those signs down there [Euharlee Mercantile],” Sullivan said. “It was more that Planning and Zoning had been working on this sign ordinance to make the language consistent throughout.”

Discussion about implementing an Energy Excise Tax was also on the agenda.

The state recently eliminated a state-wide excise tax on energy used for manufacturing and passed a law allowing cities and counties to re-enact such a tax if they wish. Council members expressed concern about the tax’s cost to Euharlee taxpayers. A vote on the issue will be delayed until the council can acquire additional research on the tax’s potential effects.

Changes to city hall’s working hours were discussed as well, with five city employees present to give the council feedback. They were against moving to a five-day workweek, citing concerns about being able to conduct personal business in a timely manner. They also said it would be more difficult for residents to pay tickets during a five-day workweek, as the hours would be shorter during each day.

Sullivan said the council was operating under a misconception when the hour change was first proposed.

“There had been a misunderstanding on the part of some council members who didn’t realize that other cities within the county worked on a four-day schedule, and once that was presented to them, they didn’t have strong feelings about making it a five-day workweek.”

The council went into an executive session at the end of the meeting, but no action was taken during the session.

Other council business included:

• Discussing the creation of a new short-term work plan, as required by state law.

• Hearing from Dennis Thayer on the creation of a Citizen Emergency Response Team.

The Euharlee City Council’s next meeting is scheduled for Oct. 2 at 7 p.m. at city hall.