Signs cause council stir
After a meeting marked by thorough agreement, Lansing City Council members' opinions flared as they faced a dilemma between helping businesses along Main Street and preserving the appearance of the city.
Before adjourning on Thursday, Oct. 5, council members heatedly debated how best to cope with the appearance of numerous temporary banners along Main Street. While committed to their promise to help businesses affected by the construction, some council members raised concern about the ramshackle appearance Main Street was taking on.
Many businesses along Main Street have deployed temporary signage to help advertise during the construction. And while some of the signage is permissible by city code, the appearance of more questionable signage has left the council facing a decision on where to draw the line.
Council members Andi Pawlowski and Dee Hininger lamented the numerous temporary sign advertisements that have sprung up along Main Street and that ignoring the code now would be unfair to businesses that have recently been told to remove the signs.
But council members Ken Ketchum and Harland Russell favored more leniency while construction continued.
After energetic discussion, Mayor Ken Bernard asked the council to take up the issue at a future work session.
In other action, the council:
¢ Approved, 5-0, with Ken Ketchum abstaining and Don Studnicka and Janette Labbee-Holdeman absent, minutes from the Sept. 21 meeting.
¢ Heard a report on Main Street.
¢ Heard a report from Leavenworth County Development Corp.
¢ Approved, 6-0, appointment of Chuck Morrison and Karen Laurence to the Convention and Tourism Committee.
¢ Approved, 6-0, appointment of Clyde Huffman to the Planning Commission.
¢ Approved, 6-0, a cereal malt beverage license for the Women's Chamber.
¢ Approved, 6-0, a building permit for a six-foot privacy fence at 815 Ida St.
¢ Approved, 6-0, an ordinance assessing delinquent weed abatement bills.
¢ Approved, 6-0, an ordinance assessing delinquent nuisance abatement bills.
¢ Approved, 6-0, accepting a bid of $26,000 from Linaweaver Construction, Inc. for drainage improvement.