West Point’s planning board proposed a change to the city’s sign ordinance at the Tuesday evening work session.
Planning and Development Director Sammy Osborne said the proposal comes after receiving several sign requests with materials that the board feels are not durable and that lack in appearance. The change addresses material requirements to bring conformity, he said, specifically in the Downtown Historic District.
“Signs downtown should be held to a higher level of execution and should be unique and compliment the historic nature of the district,” Osborne said.
The proposed Downtown Historic District materials section states that permanent signs should be made of high density urethane with a minimum thickness of one inch or wood with a minimum thickness of 3/4 inch. Professionally painted signs can be painted directly on the building and other high quality materials would have to be approved by the Downtown District Sign Committee. The staff recommended that sign material not be ordered before getting approval from the committee.
A public hearing will be held for the sign ordinance amendment at the Aug. 7 work session at 8:15 a.m.
In other business, City Manager Ed Moon provided the council with updates of the upcoming months in the city.
Next week city departments will be receiving forms to entail its budget requests for the fiscal year 2015. Moon said he hopes to have the budget ready for approval by Dec. 8, before the budget goes into effect Jan. 1, 2015.
Moon said the new Hyundai Dymos plant in West Point is anticipating production by the end of August. The infrastructure of the facility is mostly complete and the company has been doing test production at the site.
A splash pad in the city had also previously been under discussion, according to Moon. He said the suggestions had been for the splash pad to be part of West Point Park, which is currently undergoing renovations, but Moon said there is not enough land for a splash pad at the park. The pad may be incorporated into the Downtown West point River Park plan, he said, and might be an early 2015 project after more discussion among the council.
Presenters at the council meeting included Troup County Center for Strategic Planning representatives- Director of Workforce Development, Carrie Brkich, and Sherri Brown, director of Circles of Troup County. The two discussed the goals and progress of their organizations.