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Signs and town ordinance changes discussed by County

March 28, 2014

PLYMOUTH – The Marshall County Plan Commission had no matters for public hearing in their regular meeting Thursday but they did have some matters for discussion.

County Plan Director Ralph Booker brought the Commission up to speed on several issues including slight changes taking place in ordinances for the towns of Bourbon and Argos

Booker told the Commission that he had recently begun working with town officials in Bourbon on re-formatting the current ordinance. Booker said that no real changes were taking place in the substance of the town’s ordinance. The work undertaken is simply to re-format the current guidelines to make them easier to enforce and come more in line with Marshall County’s format to make online permitting for the town easier.

Argos is making some slight adjustments to their zoning ordinance to bring it in line with Marshall County’s zoning regarding agricultural districts in the town. Booker said the differences were small ones and the town had decided to bring them in line with similar county guidelines.

Booker also asked the Commission to think about clarification and any possible changes to the counties ordinance on signs, in particular electronic messaging signs. He said that technology had literally made nearly every electronic sign capable of electronic messaging and while the county does not have a problem with the signs as long as they are not a distraction to drivers, he did say that some clarification would be helpful in making decisions regarding which signs meet the guidelines and which don’t.