BY REBECCA PALMER
BOUNTIFUL — After months of hand-wringing and careful deliberation, the city council on Tuesday night voted to allow electronic signs in many commercial and semi-commercial areas of the city.
The electronic signs will now be allowed along Orchard Drive, parts of 400 North, 2600 South and 500 South and, in keeping with pre-existing rules, Highway 89. They will also be permitted on signs in the downtown area as a replacement for existing reader board signs, but not for new ones.
Video will only be allowed on the highway, and the planning commission will have additional oversight depending on the area of town.
Councilmember Jon Marc Knight has been against allowing electronic signs throughout the months of discussion.
“Of all the things that I’ve been party to on the council, this is probably the one I’m least proud of,” he said. “I just believe it’s a miscarriage of our authority as a council to turn over the sign ordinance to the planning commission.”
Councilman Tom Tolman, who worked in the sign industry before he retired, disagreed.
“I think it’s been a good step forward,” he said.
Two business have pushed for the city to allow electronic signs, Goldenwest Credit Union on Orchard Drive and Gordon Copy Print on 400 North. Both will be allowed the signs under the new ordinance.