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Merchants' complaints lead Dade City to revisit sign rules

DADE CITY — The City Commission chose to review current sign ordinances and took steps toward a greener government at its meeting Tuesday night.

The commission authorized City Attorney Karla Owens to meet with local business owners about revising sign ordinances after Sue Knowlton, who runs the Wee Grow'd children's consignment shop on Seventh Street, and other local merchants complained about current restrictions.

"We're all working on shoestrings," Knowlton said. "We can't afford to go out and advertise in the newspapers."

Knowlton said her current sign was cited for being more than 5 1/2 feet away from her storefront.

Also, in an effort to move toward a paperless system, City Manager William Poe said each commissioner will soon receive a laptop refurbished after use by the Police Department. These computers will be used to download commission agendas.

Poe also said the city is working on a reverse-calling system to inform residents about a number of issues from crime to utilities testing. He said Dade City can use the county's reverse-calling system for free.

The commission also is reviewing rates for city water and sewer services. The new rate structure is supposed to encourage conservation and will include a 25 percent surcharge for services provided outside city limits. The commission is also looking into a request by Pasco-Hernando Community College to annex 20 acres north of Blanton Road to be used as another entrance. The commission will vote on the annexation on Feb. 10.

Merchants' complaints lead Dade City to revisit sign rules 01/27/09 [Last modified: Wednesday, January 28, 2009 6:46pm]
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