Sign OK’d by zoning board

STEUBENVILLE – The Jefferson County Prevention and Recovery Board was granted approval for a 20-by-20-foot sign after the city’s board of zoning appeals did not have a quorum for a Monday night public hearing.

The city code calls for owners or occupants of a building or dwelling to limit signs to 2 square feet. But the Prevention and Recover Board requested a larger sign for its facility at 524 Madison Ave. because of the vehicles parked in front of the building.

Ed Rice of Signs Limited said the sign will be limited to one side of the surface area, “and will allow clients to locate the prevention and recovery board offices.

Rice also said the prevention and recovery board plans to install lights on the ground to illuminate the sign at night.

Assistant Urban Projects Director Anthony Bodo said a building permit will be needed before the lights are installed. But 2nd Ward Councilman Rick Perkins said he “was not happy with the exemption to the code because if you do it here, you will have others asking to increase their signs. I am asking you to think about this.

“And I wish someone from the prevention and recovery board was at this meeting to explain their issue. You need to have property owners at these meetings to explain their position,” said Perkins.

Perkins also expressed concerns about zoning appeals board members not attending meetings.

Three of the five members were at the meeting but board Chairman Tom Timmons indicated he would abstain from voting on the sign exemption request because he is a member of the prevention and recovery board.

“We have waited three months for this to be heard so we probably won’t install the sign for another four to five weeks. And we won’t start until we get the proper paperwork from the city’s building office,” noted Rice.