NORTH OGDEN -- Use of the space between curb and sidewalk will be inspected by the city council a little more closely in coming weeks as it revisits sign regulations for both businesses and residents.
A public hearing will be held at Tuesday night's council meeting regarding the definitions of community signs, mostly temporary signs placed in the parking strip to advertise one-time community events, such as church gatherings or civic events.
The hearing comes after many in the community want longer use of the temporary advertising. City law states the signs can be there for 10 days, but the council is looking to expand that time frame to 21 days. However, businesses are prohibited from using the park strip for any signs.
Councilman Justin Fawson would like to see the allowance expanded to businesses as well. One of his goals as a councilman is to help the city be business friendly, he said, so he wants to discuss all sign types and rules.
Community Development Director Craig Barker said the council made extensive changes to the sign ordinance to allow the new movie theater sign on Washington Boulevard. Fawson would like to talk about plans for other areas of the city.
Councilman Wade Bigler said the principle behind the temporary sign ordinance annoys residents because the city is allowed to use the space, but residents and businesses aren't.
Barker explained that the space is public property maintained by the city.
Prohibiting the public from using the space is simply to take the liability off the private sector.
Barker thinks it would be good to address the issue because wood signs and metal poles are prohibited now in those spaces for residents and vendors, but he knows that the city places both kinds of signs in those spaces.
The public hearing regarding the temporary signs will be held at the council's 6:30 p.m. meeting Tuesday at the city offices, 505 E. 2600 North.