• 93°

Dust off the boxing gloves

By Staff
Council to pound sign ordinance, again
By Tracy L. Brady
Record reporter
Members of the Madison City Council and the Planning and Zoning Commission may soon have an ugly rematch on their hands.
Councilman David Buschmann recently reintroduced the much-debated topic of a new city sign ordinance after the issue was indefinitely postponed last August. He said even though the last attempt was "ugly and difficult", the city is in need of a valid and enforceable sign ordinance.
"I know I've opened a can of worms," Buschmann said.
Last year, the Planning and Zoning Commission presented the council with a proposed ordinance that would make Madison's regulation of signs constitutional while achieving content neutrality. An onslaught of concerns from the Madison business community caused the ordinance to be tabled by the council for reexamination. The ordinance was postponed indefinitely when Community Development Director Bob Atallo cautioned the council that passing a new sign ordinance would repeal existing regulations, leaving the city without any ordinance to govern temporary signs.
"We took a shot at it and failed," Councilman Jim Reagan said. "Let's let sleeping dogs lie."
Currently, both permanent and temporary signs are under the same 1991 ordinance. The council, in conjunction with Atallo and City Attorney Anne-Marie Lacy, hoped to reintroduce the issue as two separate ordinances.
Atallo concurred with Buschmann that the current ordinance is not enforceable, but reminded the council that certain privileges the community has enjoyed through the 11-year-old sign ordinance will be removed or restricted due to the many changes that have occurred since its implementation.
"Do I think it (the ordinance) should be changed?" Atallo said. "Yes, I do. But I don't see how it couldn't be just as ugly."
Atallo also forewarned the council that a new ordinance had no guarantee of being "bulletproof."
After Councilman Bob Wagner requested time to consider the "out of the blue" sign ordinance issue.
Council President Cynthia McCollum ended the discussion by scheduling the issue to be discussed further no more than two meetings from May 13.
"Sometimes we make very unpopular decisions," McCollum said. "But we need to do what's best for the city."
In other business, the council:
* Rescheduled the May 27 (Memorial Day) council meeting for Tuesday, May 28.
* Rejected bids to build a pool house for the proposed outdoor swimming pool at Dublin Park because bids were significantly higher than the city could afford. The Engineering Department will modify specifications for the project and rebid later this summer.
* Rescheduled the public hearing on the downtown redevelopment incentive zoning changes to June 24. The public hearing will be advertised again.
* Recognized the Madison Chamber of Commerce Youth Council for its 20011-02 service.
* Recognized Madison Police Officer Steve Wilkerson for being named Optimist Club Officer of the Year.
* Was recognized by the Bob Jones High School Softball Program for its continued support of the annual BJHS Softball Invitational.
* Announced six openings on the Beautification Board.

FRONT PAGE FEATURED

“I’m Meant To Be Here”- Dell Pettus Signs With New England Patriots- Former Sparkman Player Goes Pro

Lifestyles

Get those pumpkins planted: Halloween starts in July

Events

CAFY Back to School event to be held Saturday at Calhoun’s Huntsville campus

Bob Jones High School

Teachers support DIAL Scholarship program at UAH

Events

Joe Davis Stadium to host UNA vs. Jax State collegiate soccer match Aug. 18

Huntsville

UAH announces search for a master developer to enhance college-town experience

Events

Huntsville Parks & Recreation to host inaugural Color Jam Family Fun Run & Walk

Madison

Fernandez named Assistant Coordinator of Accountability and Innovative Programs

Madison

ALEA reports 9 traffic deaths, 3 drownings over July Fourth travel period

Madison

Management institute awards scholarship to Michelle Epling

Madison

Sarah Crouch’s debut novel, ‘Middletide,’ sets whodunnit in Puget Sound

Liberty Middle School

White named Secondary Instructional Technology Specialist

Madison

Nominations open for chamber’s Annual Gala Awards

Bob Jones High School

MCCL wishes good luck to 4 graduating seniors

Madison

DIGITAL WELLNESS: UAH researcher studying ways people are detoxing from addictive technology

Madison

Workers and high school students learning new skills at Calhoun Construction Academy

Digital Version

Digital version of The Madison Record – July 10, 2024

FRONT PAGE FEATURED

Bodybuilding Championships To Showcase Body Perfections

Madison

Arrest made in shooting death of teen in Madison shooting

Madison

Garbage truck slams into Madison house injuring one

Madison

HONORING OUR PATRIOTS

Madison

Historical society accepts Alabama House resolution at picnic

Madison

Madison Station Historical Preservation Society reaches 40th anniversary

Harvest

Audience can chill to Calypso Vision on July 11

x