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Council weighs sign, zoning ordinances
Councilman Keith Jenkins - photo by Courier file photo
The Hinesville City Council will discuss and decide whether to amend the city’s sign and zoning ordinances next month, at its regular meeting at 3 p.m. Feb. 4.
The draft amendments were presented to the council for review during a regular meeting Thursday. Mayor Jim Thomas told council members the proposed changes will be brought before the Liberty Consolidated Planning Commission in a public hearing at 4:30 p.m. Jan. 19. The LCPC will review the proposed ordinances and make recommendations to the city council.
Hinesville council member Keith Jenkins said he was not in favor of the proposed amendment to the zoning ordinance, which dictates that a home daycare must be located, “on a lot fronting on an arterial or collector street.”
“I think it’s a waste of time and a waste of the taxpayers’ money,” Jenkins said.
Thomas said his views were duly noted, and reminded the council that residents had in the past voiced concerns about a particular daycare that did not front an arterial or
collector street.
Hinesville City Manager Billy Edwards said the proposed ordinance would only apply to potential future applicants, not to current (daycare) license holders.
The sign ordinance will establish what signs are permitted within Hinesville, where signs can be placed and sign height and material requirements.
The proposed ordinance prohibits placing signs on street and highway right-of-ways except for traffic signs and signals and informational signs erected by a public agency. Signs for business operations may not be erected in residential zoning districts, according to the draft ordinance.
Prohibited signs in the draft ordinance include roof and trailer-mounted signs, signs attached to trees, utility poles or other natural objects, rotating and flashing signs.  In addition, signs and billboards must have a facing of noncombustible material and be designed to withstand a wind pressure of at least 40 pounds per square foot.
In other city business:
• Ken Howard, assistant city manager, will present an operational plan and potential funding sources for the proposed Azalea Street Community Center project at the council’s Feb. 4 meeting.
• Resident Johnny Lee Williams was granted a variance to place a carport on the side of his house rather than in the rear, as the ordinance requires. Williams lives on a corner lot facing Granger Drive, and his side yard is larger than his back yard, LCPC staff stated.
• The Liberty County Martin Luther King Jr. Observance Association will host the 2010 celebration with events Jan. 15 through Jan. 18. The theme this year is “Back to Basics … Doing the Right Things.”
• Hinesville will hold a health fair, sponsored by Walmart, from 1-4 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 30, at the YMCA on Mary Lou Drive. Free screenings for glucose, diabetes, blood pressure and vision will be offered. Residents can donate blood in the blood mobile and “same-day” AIDS tests will be administered by the Southeastern Georgia Oral Administration.
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