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Corydon may pull plug on new LED signs

James Reas, owner of a property in the 600 block of Wyandotte Avenue, was given the go-ahead Monday night by the Corydon Planning and Zoning Appeals Board to build a house with 85 feet of road frontage instead of the required 100 feet.
The 1.69 acres would be divided into two lots, with the stipulation that no modular homes or any other buildings be constructed on the narrower lot.
Afterward, Corydon Planning and Zoning Commission chair Len Waite appointed a committee to work on a new sign ordinance for the town. An updated sign ordinance was in the works several years ago but was never completed.
Last month, the commission put a moratorium on light-emitting diode (LED) signs after allowing dentist Dawn Durbin to replace a free-standing sign with an LED version, the sixth such type of sign in Corydon and its two-mile fringe.
‘They are distasteful,’ Waite said at the November meeting. ‘It’s not a knock against the business but against that type of sign.’
Waite, who will also serve on the committee, appointed Steve Kitterman, Fred Cammack and Glenn Thienel to join him in designing an ordinance with better wording.
‘We’ve been working on it for years, and we need to finish what we started,’ Cammack said. ‘We really need to get a handle on the current ordinance and make it clear as to the types of signs that are allowed and how many.’
The current ordinance simply states, ‘Advertising signs are permitted when attached to a building but still restricted only to use conducted in the building or on premises.’
The town has since added that signs cannot exceed 100 square feet on the sign’s face. For businesses zoned B1, the signs cannot be taller than 20 feet. In a B2 zoning area, the height is extended to 25 feet.
Current LED signs will be grandfathered in under the new ordinance, Cammack said.
Business owners are still required to acquire a permit for all exterior signage.
Last month, the Corydon Town Council said owner-operator Steve Carr was allowed to operate a carriage ride business in downtown Corydon.
The council also accepted an insurance payment of $23,360.84 to repair wind damage to the town’s garage; is looking to accept bids for general maintenance work on the town’s 1 million-gallon south water tank, which was erected about 15 years ago; received a Brownfields grant from the Indiana Finance Authority for soil testing at the former Keller Manufacturing Co. site.

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