Brownwood City Council members approved a reading on first ordinance Tuesday declaring a 120-day moratorium on issuing permits to construct digital signs and billboards.
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 raised by the use of digital signs, city officials have said.
Cities across Texas are studying the issue of how to regulate digital signs, City Manager Bobby Rountree said. Rountree recommended a moratorium so city staff can work with members of the regulated sign industry to develop a draft ordinance to present to the Planning and Zoning Commission.
The ordinance will go before council members for approval on two additional readings, probably at a July council meeting.
In other business, council members:
• Heard a report from Rountree on a meeting local officials had with FEMA representatives on Monday in Brownwood.
The topic was FEMA’s proposed remapping of the flood plain. Rountree said the FEMA representatives said elevations aren’t “set in stone” and that FEMA is willing to consider local data provided it complies with FEMA “methodology,” Rountree said.
• Heard a report prepared by Brownwood fire officials on the June 16 fire on Camp Bowie. At the height of the incident there were more than 50 pieces of fire equipment and 175 firefighters and/or support personnel at the fire, the report states.
• Approved an ordinance on first reading to abandon and close an undeveloped 15-foot alley near the intersection of Cottage and Slayden.
• Approved an ordinance on first reading to abandon and close an undeveloped portion of Peach Street that 2602 Hillsboro St.
• Approved an ordinance on first reading to abandon and close the portion of North Broadway between Pecan Street and Adams Branch.
• Consider an ordinance on first reading declaring a moratorium on digital signs and billboard.
• Approved an ordinance on first reading establishing a 40 mph on Austin Avenue from Roselawn Drive to Willis Creek.
• Approved a resolution establishing rules and procedures for conducting council meetings.