September 30, 2011
The Mayor and the City Council for the Town of Amite City, Louisiana came together in a special session this 30th day of September 2011 at 8:00 a.m. The meeting was held in the meeting room of City Hall, 212 E. Oak Street, Amite, Louisiana. Mayor Goldsby called the meeting to order and asked Ms. Lee for roll call. The following were present: R. E. Goldsby, M.D., Mayor; Council Members Walter Daniels III, Jonathon Foster and Mark Vining. Absent: Rose Sumrall, Mayor Pro-tem and Neil Currier.
Signs in Residential Districts.
Mayor Goldsby said the ordinance dealing with signs in residential districts has been in the zoning ordinance since 1985, but is causing problems for political candidates. Mayor Goldsby requested the council consider deleting the part of the ordinance that restricts the size of election signs in residential areas. Mr. Foster moved to introduce the following:
Amendment to Town of Amite, Code of Ordinances
3.1505 SIGNS IN RESIDENTIAL DISTRICTS:
1. There will be no signs in the Residential Districts except for the following:
Signs, non-illuminated and non-flashing, relating to a permissible home occupation, and these signs being no larger than two square feet and a maximum of one sign per lot.
Signs, non-illuminated and non-flashing, relating to an established, local business, possessing a valid occupational license, and these signs being no larger than two square feet and a maximum of one sign per lot.
Χ Public signs relating to traffic, safety, and informal purposes.
Χ Signs accessory to a permissible commercial establishment, provided that these signs are not flashing.
Χ Temporary signs relating to the lease or sale of a premises, garage sale, or election.
Χ Churches, public and semi-public buildings, hospitals, and institutions may have bulletin boards not more than 16 square feet in area in a front yard. These boards or signs may not be flashing but may be illuminated if light is focused directly on board or if board is dimly lit.
2. The illumination of a sign within 80 feet of and facing a residential zone lot line shall be diffused or indirect and designed to prevent light shining into residential windows; and in no event shall flashing or intermittent illumination be permitted where the sign faces directly into and nearer than 300 feet to dwellings in a residential district.
There shall be no flashing signs in a residential district.
Update on Police Station.
Mayor Goldsby said Chuck Reid is preparing the paperwork for the transfer of title. Mayor Goldsby said Chief Trabona will prepare a budget request for the next fiscal year to reconstruct the area for the police station. Chief Trabona said he will meet with the architect to determine the needed funding. Mr. Vining asked for a list of items needed to move the department into the new station.
Chief Trabona said he will speak to the Department of Motor Vehicles with a proposal for resinstatement of drivers licenses to be moved to Amite, housed in the new police station, with the town leasing the existing DMV building.
Mr. Vining moved and Mr. Foster seconded to adjourn. Motion carried without opposition.
R. E. Goldsby, M.D., Mayor
Mary Lou Lee, City Clerk
Publish in The Amite Tangi Digest on Wednesday, October 12, 2011.