FARMINGTON -- City officials have approved a new electronic sign for Lagoon, after wrestling with the specifics of the issue for almost a year.
The city council voted unanimously on Tuesday to three separate measures in regard to an electronic sign for the city's largest employer. The measures include enacting new guidelines for a commercial recreation transition zone, an ordinance creating a CRT zone on Lagoon's property at 653 N. Main St., and an ordinance expanding the electronic message sign areas of the city's existing sign ordinance to include the Main Street property.
City leaders approved new guidelines for electronic billboards last year. Guidelines do not allow the new signage in areas west of Legacy Highway. The ordinance excluded the Lagoon annex on Main Street.
The amusement park has a small electric sign fronting Main Street, and company officials initiated talks with the city about potentially expanding that to a small electronic sign last year. The sign will be mounted in a monument sign setup, not on a billboard, and will replace an existing company sign.
Neighbors used a public hearing on the issue to weigh in supporting the move for a new sign.
Nola Nielsen said Lagoon has been a good neighbor.
"I can't see the electronic sign would do any harm. It won't bother us. I believe Lagoon should be able to have their sign," Nielsen said.
Lagoon representative Adam Leishman used the public hearing to thank city officials for being helpful in the process.
"We want to be good neighbors," he emphasized.
Mayor Scott Harbertson said, even though the process has been long, the new zone and signage will benefit the city and Lagoon at the same time.