Zoning board taking another look at directional signs

Jan. 16, 2014 @ 04:00 AM

The Zoning and Planning Board for the Town of Lake Lure is being asked to study the town’s directional signs.

Off-premise business signs are prohibited in Lake Lure and signs must be erected on the premise of a business, Town Manager Chris Braund said.

There are some exceptions to this, including existing billboards along Memorial Hwy or Hwy. 9 that are permitted by the Department of Transportation, Braund explained.

A town directional sign is intended to provide directions to a business that has public value, such as tourism. The signs are owned by the town but are paid for by the business.

The sign at the Lodge on Lake Lure on Charlotte Road is the only sign fitting the directional sign description.

Tuesday during its regular business meeting, council asked the Zoning & Planning Board to research whether this sign ordinance and restrictions are an appropriate balance between the goal of supporting local businesses and also protecting the visual landscape of the town.

Theboard could recommend amendments to the regulations.

In other business Tuesday night, council appointed Jessica Kendall to the Parks and Recreation Board.

The board did not take action on First Bank of Troy’s request (Troy) for the town to take ownership of a subdivision’s water system after the property owner failed to complete the project.

Allen elected Mayor Pro Tem 

ELENBORO — Alderman Lee Allen was named Mayor Pro Tem for the Town of Ellenboro when the board met for its regular business meeting Tuesday night.

Allen was the top vote-getter in the Nov. 5, 2013 municipal election.

The Town also received $1,000 in proceeds from the Fiddler’s Convention. $500 was stipulated for the Colfax Free Fair exhibit hall and $500 for the next Fiddler’s Convention.