FARMINGTON -- City officials have taken a major step toward setting new standards for electronic billboards.
The city council voted 4-0 last week to approve an ordinance that limits electronic signs to commercial recreation and commercial highway zones.
It also includes eight key findings, and limits use of electronic signs from midnight to 6 a.m.
One of those findings includes an attempt to minimize any potential impact from the signs to residential areas.
The ordinance remains a work in progress.
It excludes Lagoon's annex, and issues still must be worked out with the amusement park, the city's largest employer. Those issues include possible use of video signs in front of the company's offices on Main Street, as well as the length of time electronic signs can be on during the evening.
In discussing residential areas, Councilman Cory Ritz said the brightness of electronic signs will be a bigger issue than potential videos.
Councilman Nelsen Michelson agreed, though he said he finds videos are actually more subdued than standard electronic signs because of the use of colors.
The city's talks with Lagoon have been an issue for most of the summer and fall. Earlier this year, Lagoon officials requested permission to place an electronic sign in front of its annex building at Main Street and Park Lane.
The sign would be mounted in a monument sign setup, not on a billboard, and would replace an existing Lagoon sign.
Although the issue has not been resolved with Lagoon, city leaders did see a sample of the potential signs during the council meeting.
City leaders went outside City Hall to see a small electronic sign in a trailer before approving the ordinance.