Sign ordinance to be revisited

KINGMAN - Economics will underscore the next City Council meeting scheduled to take place at 6 p.m. Tuesday in the Council Chambers at 310 N. Fourth St.

Council is expected to take a stand on whether or not to allow businesses greater freedom to flout the recently revised city sign ordinance. The ordinance has caused big concerns among the business community, especially car dealers, who have claimed the new ordinances on temporary signs have forced them to take down hundreds of thousands of dollars worth of signs from their lots.

Since these concerns were first voiced at the July 20 Council meeting, city staff has gotten input from local businesses on what parts of the sign code the would like to see changed. At the same time, staff has continued to voice its own concerns over aesthetics and clutter, and has given no recommendation to Council on the matter. If Council does wish to change the sign code, it would have to initiate the code amendment process, which requires public hearings at both the Planning and Zoning Commission and a future Council meeting.

Elsewhere on the agenda, Council will consider making permanent an economic development and marketing work group formed earlier this year. The group, which was initially thought up by Councilwoman Carole Young, was designed to provide Council with suggestions for improving the city's economic profile and making Kingman more marketable to outside businesses.

Council will also hold a public hearing on the creation of a new zoning district specific to the new Hualapai Mountain Medical Center, which is scheduled to open next month. The hospital, currently zoned C-3: Commercial, Service Business, is seeking the new planned development district zoning in order to exclude several C-3 uses that might otherwise interfere with the hospital's regular operations. The new zoning would also include its own comprehensive sign plan designed to cover appropriate signage necessary for a hospital.

Finally, Council will hold a public hearing on a request to rezone a house at 1802 Jefferson St. from R-1-6: Residential Single Family, 6,000 square foot lot minimum to C-1: Commercial, Neighborhood Convenience. The request, made by Robert H. England, would allow the house to be converted into a medical billing office.

For full agenda details, visit the city Web site at www.cityofkingman.gov and look under "Agendas and Minutes."