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Veterinary clinic appeals ruling, wanting to place new sign in front of business

by  on July 10, 2015 in News

One of the public hearings at the July meeting of the New Albany Board of Aldermen was a case appealed from planning and zoning concerning a request for a variance from the city’s sign ordinance.

The owners of New Albany Animal Clinic, from Holly Springs, had purchased a $22,000 lighted sign with message board to replace the old, small wooden sign presently in the field in front of the building, not aware the city had sign restrictions.

They were told the sign could not be used because it is larger than allowed and also has internal lighting, which is prohibited (confusingly, a similar sign on a tall pole instead of sitting on the ground could be approved).

Attorney Bill Rutledge, representing the doctors, said the ordinance is not easily accessible to the public unless someone knows to ask for it, that the new sign would replace a small, battered old sign and that the size limitation was intended to prevent obstruction of the view by drivers. He noted this sign would be nearly 100 feet from the road, obstructing nothing.

Concerning the internal lighting restriction, Mayor Kent said he understood that was originally aimed more at the proliferation of portable “flashing arrow” signs around town when the ordinance was written.

Rutledge listed the possible conditions needed to grant a variance and argued this sign meets every one. “That’s why variances exist,” he said. “Use common sense. You don’t have to follow the ordinance letter by letter. This is a unique situation.”

He also mentioned examples of other signs that have been allowed although they do not meet city requirements. “We need to be friendly to business; say yes, not no,” he added.

One of the owners, Dr. Robert Childers, said he knows now they should have asked before getting the sign, but did not then. He told aldermen they want to build their practice, have a veterinarian living here full-time, add services and become more a part of the community. He also said the sign would be used for public service messages as well as to promote the clinic.

Board attorney Regan Russell said aldermen had three possible courses of action: vote on the request immediately, take the request under advisement until the next meeting, or propose an amendment to the sign ordinance that would permit the sign.

Ward Two Alderman Johnny Anderson said he did not like the idea of overrunning the planning and zoning commission unless it were really necessary but it was noted that this was a case where the commission had no choice according to the wording of the law.

Eventually, aldermen voted to take the request under advisement until the August meeting, partly because some other amendments to the sign ordinance have been proposed and it could be that the ordinance just needs overhauling.

Later, in the last public appearance of the night, aldermen considered a request from Jeff Knox, who owns the home at the corner of Apple and Glade next to the middle school gym. The home has sustained water damage and it was determined that this was partly due to a city curb problem allowing water to run under the house. Mayor Kent said part of the problem also was due to water running off the gym. The city’s part of the problem has been corrected, Kent said. Knox had an estimate for damages but Kent said he should check with the school officials to see what they would do and then aldermen would decide how much they would pay at the August board meeting.

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Sign Service Request App | It’s Finally Here For The iPhone!

It’s taken longer than expected but the Sign Service Request App is finally here!

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Use this app to easily take a photo of your sign and automatically send it in for a service request.

Make it easy on yourself! If your business sign is not working properly, simply use this app to snap up to four photos of your sign and with one click send them in to Signs Manufacturing for a service call. Signs Manufacturing will send you a confirmation, an estimated date of service (in the Dallas / Fort Worth, Texas metroplex) and then send a Technician to repair your sign.

Don’t worry about over-the-top charges. You will receive a quotation for anything that is not a standard service call before that work is performed.

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Sign Service Request App IconMake it easy on yourself! If your business sign is not working properly, simply use this app to snap a photo and send it in to Signs Manufacturing for a service call. Signs Manufacturing will send you a confirmation, an estimated date of service (in the Dallas / Fort Worth, Texas metroplex) and send a Technician to repair your sign.

Don’t worry about over-the-top charges. You will receive a quotation for anything that is not a standard service call before that work is performed.

Location services must be turned ON so that we know the location that the photo was taken.

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Fort Worth Eliminates Signs on Tall Buildings Downtown

Group looks to eliminate signs atop tall buildings in downtown Fort Worth

Posted Tuesday, Aug. 19, 2014



FORT WORTH — A move is afoot to stop sign clutter of the downtown skyline before it becomes an issue.

Several months ago, the 12-member Design Review Committee of Downtown Fort Worth Inc. started mulling the issue after some members raised it.

“It’s a nice aesthetic when you look at downtown, and you look at the buildings we have and you don’t see signs on the buildings,” said committee Chairman Michael Bennett, principal and CEO of Bennett Benner Partners architecture firm in Fort Worth. “That keeps focus on the quality of architecture and the quality of design in downtown.”

The committee is gearing up to get language in the downtown design standards changed so that buildings taller than 10 stories cannot have signage at the top. Those signs typically reflect the name of the building or the largest tenant.

A few buildings fall in that category now, and if the standards are changed, those signs will be grandfathered. The committee, though, seems concerned that future developments could increase the number of requests and essentially clutter the skyline.

There is no height limit for signs at the top of buildings. Until now, building owners have simply understood that they wouldn’t put up signs on the mid- and high-rise buildings, Bennett said.

“This is codifying the gentlemen’s agreement that’s existed,” Bennett said.

Melissa Graham, property manager at 777 Main, said current and past owners of the 40-story office tower have been in accord with other high-rise owners not to put signs that high. The building went up in 1982.

The only time one was considered was in 1998 when UPR became the building’s major tenant, she said, and then only briefly.

“It wouldn’t have worked,” Graham said. “We want a wonderful skyline, unobstructed.”

The number of signs on a building now are limited. Building owners can have signs on two sides of a building with only one message, and the sign must complement the building’s architecture.

Some downtown buildings taller than 10 stories have signs at the top.

The AT&T logo faces south on its building at 11th and Throckmorton streets; the Omni Fort Worth and Sheraton hotels on the south end of downtown have signs, Trinity Terrace on the west edge of downtown has signs, and Legacy Texas Bank has its name at the top of the 20-story Two City Place at 100 Throckmorton St.

The proposed change must go before the Downtown Design Review Board, and if the board approves, it will make a recommendation to the Fort Worth Zoning Commission. The commission, in turn, will make a recommendation to the City Council, which would vote on the change.

Melissa Konur, planning director for Downtown Fort Worth Inc., a downtown advocacy group, said she has seen an increase in the use of custom blade signs on downtown buildings, smaller signs that hang from brackets and jut out from the building.

“We have a fairly pristine, clutter-free skyline,” Konur said. “Our large buildings don’t put big signs at the top of their buildings. In general in downtown, [businesses] are getting more creative with signage.”

Sandra Baker, 817-390-7727 Twitter: @SandraBakerFWST

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Greenville Texas Voting To Change Ordinance To Allow An Electronic Sign

New sign proposed for theater project


Public hearings are scheduled this week on a plan to add a new electronic sign at the Texan Theater in downtown Greenville.
Credit Brad Kellar / Greenville Herald-Banner


The Texan Theater is wanting its name up in lights … lots of lights.

The historic theater in downtown Greenville, currently undergoing a major renovation effort, would be home to a big new electronic sign if city leaders vote this week to approve a change in the code or ordinances.

The Planning and Zoning Commission has scheduled a public hearing during Monday’s regular session — starting at 5:30 p.m. in the Municipal Building, 2821 Washington Street — before voting on whether to recommend the change to the Greenville City Council.

The council will also conduct a public hearing, before taking a final vote on the proposal, during Tuesday’s regular session agenda, starting at 6 p.m. in the Municipal Building.

In a memo to the council, City of Greenville Building Official Steve Methven said he had been approached by Del Rio Construction requesting an amendment to the city’s electronic sign regulations in order to install a new sign at the theater. Methven explained the contractor was asking has requested the permitted square footage of the sign be changed from 20 square feet to 36 square feet.

Under the city’s current ordinance regulating electronic signs with variable messages, such signs may not exceed 20 square feet and sign characters must have a minimum height of 10 inches and a maximum height of sixteen 16 inches.

The signs may not be animated, flash, travel, blink, fade, or scroll. The signs shall remain static for not less than 15 seconds, except that time and temperature displays shall remain static for not less than three seconds.

Only one variable message electronic sign, either free-standing or attached to a building, is permitted per lot.

Methven said the organizers behind the Texan Theater renovation have spent approximately $5 million on the project.

“They have recently decided to purchase an electronic sign, in order to do the necessary advertising they will need to operate the business,” Methven said, noting the City of Greenville Main Street Board approved the idea.

Methven is recommending changing the sign regulations to allow up to 36 feet of electronic signage.

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Donald Trump and Rahm Emanuel Fight Over Sign As World Now Understands Why Chicago Is In Economic Turmoil

Sign points to Emanuel, Trump faceoff

June 12, 2014|Blair Kamin | Cityscapes
The new Trump sign is nearly complete on the Trump Tower.
The new Trump sign is nearly complete on the Trump Tower. (John J. Kim / Chicago Tribune)

The last letter in the huge “TRUMP” sign that Donald Trump is putting on his Chicago skyscraper has yet to be installed, but Mayor Rahm Emanuel is ready to pass judgment.

Thumbs down.

“The mayor thinks the sign is awful,” Bill McCaffrey, a mayoral spokesman, told the Tribune on Wednesday. “It’s in very poor taste and scars what is otherwise an architecturally accomplished building.”

The city is exploring options that could lead Trump to remove the sign, according to McCaffrey, though he declined to specify what those options are.

Emanuel’s blunt assessment of the sign, which city zoning administrator Patricia Scudiero and Ald. Brendan Reilly, 42nd, greenlighted last year, sets up a confrontation between two towering figures with no small egos: Emanuel, with a reputation for calculated aggression that runs from Chicago to Washington, and Trump, famous for his “The Apprentice” reality TV show and the slogan “You’re fired!”

An attempt to reach a representative of the 96-story Trump International Hotel & Tower, Chicago’s second-tallest building, for reaction to the mayor’s take on the sign was unsuccessful. Trump will have a chance to respond Thursday during a scheduled appearance on ABC’s “The View.”

Emanuel’s assessment follows my negative review of the sign Friday and national news stories about the controversy.

In one, posted on The Wall Street Journal’s website Tuesday, Trump lambasted the lead architect of his tower, Chicago’s Adrian Smith, for calling the sign tasteless and claimed he had done more to design the building than Smith. And Trump repeated his argument that the sign will become as beloved as the LA’s Hollywood sign.

“It happens to be great for Chicago, because I have the hottest brand in the world,” Trump told the Journal.

Smith had a different view.

“Anything that would happen that would either reduce the size of the sign significantly or take it off would be great,” he said Wednesday night.

To outsiders, the brouhaha stirred by Trump’s sign may seem overblown in a city with many more serious problems, like rampant gun violence. But Chicago takes its architecture and public spaces seriously.

More than 200 feet above ground and backlit at night, the sign and its 20-foot-6-inch-high stainless steel letters loom over a venerable cluster of 1920s skyscrapers, among them the Wrigley Building. The sign, which faces the Chicago River, also threatens to spoil the view from a showcase Emanuel public works project — the ongoing expansion of Chicago’s Riverwalk.

Though McCaffrey said the mayor is not focused on the precedent the sign sets, you don’t need a degree in urban planning to realize that owners of other riverfront buildings could be tempted to follow Trump and plaster their skyscrapers with megasigns. The touristsEmanuel covets already are taking notice.

After a visit to Chicago, Terry Elder, of Toronto, emailed me: “We were overwhelmed with the beautiful buildings when we took the architectural boat cruise on the Chicago River; however, we were totally shocked and dismayed when we saw the sign going up on the Trump building.”

With public outrage over the sign mounting, Ald. Reilly on Friday sought political cover by invoking the memory of the structure that used to occupy the Trump site: the bargelike Chicago Sun-Times Building. It was topped by a large yellow sign spelling out the paper’s name.

“Funny how quickly people forgot the enormous, ugly Chicago Sun-Times sign that once stood in (this) exact location,” Reilly tweeted — as if the absence of the old bad sign rationalized the presence of the new bad sign.

There was no mention of the gargantuan sign when the City Council approved Trump’s skyscraper in 2002. In boilerplate language, the agreement regulating the tower said that “business identification signs” would come under the purview of Chicago’s Department of Planning and Development.

In 2009, with the tower already open, the City Council approved a sign of 3,600 square feet, planning department spokesman Peter Strazzabosco said Wednesday in an email.

Last year, after a fresh round of negotiations, the council gave its OK to the present sign, which, when the “P” in “TRUMP” is installed, will cover 2,891 square feet.

In granting approval, zoning administrator Scudiero did not consult with Emanuel or high-level mayoral aides like Deputy Mayor Steve Koch, McCaffrey said.

Questions about the mayor’s involvement in the sign’s approval were raised in light of Illinois State Board of Elections records that show Emanuel’s campaign got a $50,000 contribution from Trump in 2010. The same year, Trump contributed $5,000 to Reilly’s campaign.

Courts have long upheld the right of communities to regulate signs — provided they articulate standards that are specific, not subjective.

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Texas Motor Speedway to unveil what it claims is world’s largest HD video screen that will dwarf Cowboys’ AT&T Stadium board

Texas Motor Speedway to unveil what it claims is world’s largest HD video screen that will dwarf Cowboys’ AT&T Stadium board

Staff Writer

Published: 23 September 2013 06:45 PM

Updated: 24 September 2013 10:08 AM

FORT WORTH – The new Big Hoss TV at Texas Motor Speedway wasn’t designed to beat the Cowboys’ video board at AT&T Stadium.

That was small potatoes.

The 20,633-square-foot screen at TMS, produced by Panasonic, will dwarf them all, becoming what Texas Motor Speedway calls the world’s most gigantic high-definition screen when it is unveiled for the first NASCAR event at the venue in 2014.

The Big Hoss will be 79 percent larger than the screen in Arlington and more than 25 percent bigger than the current king of visual monstrosities, the big board at Charlotte Motor Speedway.

But the biggest capital improvement the race track has ever made isn’t to get into the record books. It’s to serve customers.

“It’s not about being bigger than Charlotte Motor Speedway,” president Eddie Gossage said. “It’s not about being bigger than Cowboys Stadium. It’s about doing the best we can do for our fans. I’ll be honest with you, the first plan I laid out was much larger than this.”

Much larger.

“My first one was 400 feet [wide] and [chairman and chief executive officer] Bruton [Smith], looked at it and said, try again. He agreed all along that we had to be bigger than Charlotte. That’s not the bar.”

The big board has been on the drawing board for years, and Smith signed off on the idea in December. Gossage joked that track officials were waiting “for the right annual percentage rate.

Gossage declined to give a dollar figure for the board. But when AT&T Stadium opened, their screen was valued at about $40 million. It has two sides.

“The company is in a position to do it now,” he said. “I signed the biggest purchase order I’ve ever seen and shortly, I’ll sign the biggest check I’ve ever signed in my life. I negotiated the price. But when they handed me the order, I kind of gulped.”

Jeff Bentley, of Carrollton, has been attending races at TMS for more than 10 years and said the improvement is logical.

“The biggest TV should be in Texas,” Bentley said. “I’m glad it’s beating out the Cowboys. I just appreciate TMS and what they give the fans. They always try to make the experience better for the fans.”

The board, which will be on the TMS backstretch, will be 218 feet wide and 94.6 feet tall. It will weigh more than 108 tons.

Construction will begin after the AAA Texas 500 NASCAR tripleheader weekend Oct. 31-Nov. 3 and the project will be completed before the 2014 racing schedule begins in April.

The screen is not without some concerns. It will face due west, meaning the glare will have to be overcome. Gossage said that shouldn’t be a problem.

“How bright is it? The sun will set on it every day,” Gossage said. “And so it has to be bright enough that it will be visible. It’s real bright.”

The screen also is engineered to withstand 120 mph wind and is waterproof.

As with the Cowboys’ board, fans will have to concentrate to avoid watching the race on the big screen rather than on the track.

“I do have a concern that I’ll end up watching the TV more than the race,” Bentley said. “I know they have that trouble at AT&T Stadium. But it’ll enhance the experience. And we’ll get replays. There will be no problems now. We shouldn’t miss anything.”

Gossage said track leadership is discussing what to do with backstretch seating. Either an 18-by-24-foot screen will be constructed on the inside part of the backstretch for their viewing or there is a chance backstretch seating will be removed … The new video board is expected to bring in other events, such as car shows and the like. At least one other major event has already been confirmed, Gossage said.

“It has all kinds of benefits,” he Gossaage said. “There’s another event that we’re going to announce in the next month or so. And part of it is because of the Big Hoss. So there’s another event that’s already presented itself in part because of [the screen]. All kinds of events will use this screen. The one in Charlotte is on more days than it’s not.”

Schedule released: TMS once again will be the eighth race of the Chase for the Sprint Cup in 2014, but also will tweak its schedule to accommodate the NCAA Final Four and make a variation to its annual Indy Car race.

The 2014 schedule opens with the Texas 500 NASCAR doubleheader weekend April 3-6. The Nationwide Series race will be Friday, April 4. The Sprint Cup race will be Sunday afternoon, April 6 to avoid a conflict with the NCAA semifinals at AT&T Stadium on April 5.

After runningon Saturday evening the last three years, this is expected to be a one-time shift to Sunday afternoon.

On June 5-7, the track will host the NASCAR/INDYCAR doubleheader with the Camping World Truck Series Winstar World Casino and Resort 400 on June 6, followed by the Firestone 600 IndyCar Series race, which will be extended 50 kilometers from 2013.

From Oct. 30 to Nov. 2, TMS will have the eighth race in the 10-race Chase for the Sprint Cup. The AAA Texas 500 will run Nov. 2, with O’Reilly Auto Parts Challenge race on Nov. 1 and the Camping World Truck Series racing on Oct. 31.

Briefly: TMS will be better served by more than $33 million in road improvements in and around the facility. Of that, $18 million will be used for widening Highway 114.

Follow Eddie Sefko on Twitter at @ESefko.

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Big-National-Franchise-That-Claims-To-Provide-All-Signs-In-A-Speedy-Manner Doesn’t Do Raceways?

This is an excerpt from a conversation we had with a customer today. As it turns out, Signs Manufacturing has been repeatedly threatened by this competing company about using keywords in advertising that have similar terms to their name.  For instance, “signs” is a keyword that we use in advertising as you might imagine.  This competitor claims that the term “Signs” is only reserved for them because their national brand has that word in it!  Consequently, for the purposes of this article we will refer to this company as “Big-National-Franchise-That-Claims-To-Provide-All-Signs-In-A-Speedy-Manner” to avoid any future legal threats.


Signs Manufacturing Representative:  Hello, this is [name] how can I help you?

Customer:  I bought a channel letter sign from Big-National-Franchise-That-Claims-To-Provide-All-Signs-In-A-Speedy-Manner. They got it up but now my Landlord is saying that the sign has to be on a raceway!

Signs Manufacturing Representative:  Why didn’t they build it on a raceway?

Customer:  Well, I asked them that.  They said they don’t do raceways!  So now what do I do?

Signs Manufacturing Representative:  Well, it’s not just that they don’t do raceways, they don’t build channel letters!  They bought the sign from somebody else, bought the installation from a third party and marked it all up.  The good news is that WE build our own signs, including raceways!  We can build a raceway, remove the letters and mount them to the raceway, then re-install.


At this time there was a short conversation about what is involved changing the sign over to a raceway sign, followed by an appointment for the next workday (in this case, Monday).  The conversation ended with:


Customer:  So, do you think I can get my money back from Big-National-Franchise-That-Claims-To-Provide-All-Signs-In-A-Speedy-Manner?  Not only do I need the raceway, which should have been done right in the first place, but the sign looks like crap!

Signs Manufacturing Representative:  Unfortunately, I doubt it.  But I’ll be happy to help you however I can.