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Nibley resets public hearing on electronic signs for Sept. 26

September 7th, 2012 Posted in Opinion

By Danielle Manley

NIBLEY — Responding to a city resident’s request, the Planning and Zoning Commission decided Wednesday night to postpone a public hearing on an ordinance regulating electronic signs.

Barbara Willden stood at the podium and voiced her concerns that the public was not properly notified of the hearing.

“My problem with this is that this is a public hearing and the public was not notified,” Willden said. “This is not a planned meeting. I don’t think anyone knows you’re doing this. There has not been ample notification to your public. Nobody’s had a chance to read it.”

The public hearing was originally scheduled for the previous planning and zoning meeting. Due to absences the meeting was cancelled and rescheduled for Sept. 5.

An announcement of the change in date was published in the Herald Journal, but not changed on the city’s website.

“It’s the city’s obligation to put it on the website,” Planning and Zoning Commissioner Aaron Bliesner said.

City planner Shari Phippen said perhaps the information got lost or mixed up in the process of switching to a new website.

The commissioners decided move the hearing to the next meeting and notify the public again.

“We’ve been working on this long enough and it’s a big enough issue that we should postpone the item to the next meeting so the public has ample notice,” Commissioner Wayne Andersen said.

The commission has been discussing this issue for two years now, Commissioner Bill Green said.

“We just want to get it right,” Andersen said.

A copy of the ordinance in question will be provided on the city website. The next meeting will be on Sept. 26 at 7 p.m.


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