Sign law change planned in Fort Dodge

By BILL SHEA

bshea@messengernews.net

Eliminating a limit on the number of wall signs that can be placed on a building should be a top priority as Fort Dodge officials fine-tune some zoning laws, the City Council decided Monday.

Currently, businesses can only have signs on two walls unless they’re at an intersection or get permission from the city’s Board of Adjustment.

”We’re running into this time and time again,” Susan Hayden, the chairwoman of the Board of Adjustment, told the council Monday.

Presented with a list of potential changes by Stephanie Houk Sheetz, the senior city planner, and Carissa Miller, the associate city planner, council members decided to start with the sign requirement. The planning staff will prepare the necessary changes and submit them to the council for action.

Also on Monday, the council:

– Purchased property at 115 Second Ave. N.W., from Raymond Knutson for $17,500. The house there will be demolished because it is in the flood plain.

– Purchased video and audio recording equipment for the interview rooms in the Webster County Law Enforcement Center from Keltek Inc., of Baxter, for $13,938.97.

– Gave final approval to rezoning property near 16th Street Southwest and 12th Avenue Southwest to single family residential.