Month: June 2010

Chamber tosses sign issue back to city hall

By JASON COX Of the Keizertimes Your move, City Hall. Last month the Keizer City Council asked a group of cosmetologists seeking amendments to the sign code – particularly on temporary signage – to go before a Keizer Chamber of Commerce committee for suggestions. On Tuesday, the same committee kicked the notion back to city staff, who were asked to recommend a path of action for the Economic Development and Government Affairs (EDGA) committee to consider. Kim Lewis, who rents a chair at a Keizer salon, has led the charge for some sort of change. She said her A-frame sign is not allowed by the sign code, but it also drives a significant portion of her business. “I am independent, and I rely on foot traffic and people coming in,” Lewis said. “If I don’t have people coming in, like anyone else I don’t make any money.” She also expressed objections she picked up from asking local business owners, like relaxing rules that only allow electronic signs to change their message every 15 minutes and allowing businesses to use props like balloons to entice customers. Yet Community Development Director Nate Brown said all the temporary signage could end up causing clutter. “I think it’s an aesthetic issue,” Brown said. “If there are balloons everywhere, it looks like trash.” Lewis suggested perhaps alternative modes of signage – like flags that...

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