Brownwood City Council members will consider action on ordinances Tuesday dealing with the placement of political signs on city property and with the placement of signs with digital messages along state-controlled roads.
The council will consider approving an ordinance on second and third readings that clarifies that prohibits placing political signs on city-owned public property. A question arose during the last city election regarding a political sign in the Brownwood Coliseum parking lot, according to an agenda item briefing sheet.
Council members passed an ordinance on first reading at their May 27 meeting, although a question was raised as to what type of signs would be prohibited. Prohibited signs include portable signs attached to trailers that are parked on city property. It would not prohibit bumper stickers or other signs attached to vehicles that are temporarily parked on city property for legitimate purposes other than advertising.
Also Tuesday, council members will consider approving on first reading a ordinance that sets a 120-day moratorium on issuing permits for the construction of digital signs.
The Texas Department of Transportation passed administrative rules earlier this year that permit static digital signs along state-controlled roads if the city gives written permission. The city’s current sign regulations do not adequately address the issues raided by the use of digital signs, an agenda briefing sheet states.
Cities across Texas are studying the issue of how to regulate digital signs. City Manager Bobby Rountree is recommending that city staff work with members of the regulated sign industry to develop a draft ordinance to present to the Planning and Zoning Commission.
The council meets at 9 a.m. at City Hall.
The entire agenda follows:
1. Call to order
3. Items to be withdrawn
4. Introduction, announcements and recognitions
5. To comply with provisions of the Open Meetings Act, the City Council may not deliberate on items presented under this agenda item. The citizen may request, or the council direct, the subject matter be formally placed on the next regular council agenda. All presentations may be subject to time limitations.
6. Approval of minutes: Regular meeting, May 27, 2008.
7. Claims and accounts
8. Consent agenda
A. Consider an ordinance on second and third readings amending the code of ordinances to authorize the city manager to approve the temporary closure of city parks, including Riverside Park, temporary closure of streets and alleys, and parade permits.
B. Consider an ordinance on second and third readings closing two alleys located as follows: 1) A portion of a 15-foot-wide alley located between Lots 1 and 12, Block 6, Connell Addition beginning at the north corner of Lot 1 and traveling southwest for 20 feet; and 2) 10-foot-wide alley being located on the southwest line of Outlot 290-? beginning at Melwood Street southeast for approximately 235 feet to Comanche Street.
C. Receive a petition to close an undeveloped alley in Block 11 and 12 of the Weedon Addition parallel to Cottage Street northwest from Slayden Street and call for a public hearing.
D. Receive a petition to close a portion of Peach Street west of Hillsboro Street and call for a public hearing.
E. Receive a petition to close a portion of North Broadway from Pecan Street east toward Adams Branch and call for a public hearing.
F. Consider a resolution declaring a 1978 fork lift as surplus property.
9. Ordinances and resolutions
A. Consider an ordinance on second and third readings amending Chapter 90, Section 168, of the Code of Ordinances, prohibiting the placement of political signs on city property.
B. Consider a resolution declaring a moratorium on digital signs/billboards.
A. Appointment of the Brown County Health Authority.
A. Consider awarding a bid on a compactor for the landfill and authorize capital lease.
B. Consider the purchase of a truck mounted Hydro-Jet sewer cleaning machine and authorize capital lease.
A. General reports.