Spencer to discuss signs, parks

  • Posted: Monday, March 11, 2013 12:42 a.m.

SPENCER — Spencer aldermen will discuss the town’s sign ordinance when the board meets at 7 p.m. Tuesday in Town Hall.

The city of Salisbury is considering changes to its sign ordinance to better match state law regarding political signs. Spencer Alderman Jeff Morris suggested the Spencer town board do the same for ease of interpretation and enforcement.

In Salisbury, a committee studying signs will recommend the maximum size of a political sign be increased from 5 square feet to 6 square feet. Political signs also will be able to go up “30 days” before an election to match the language in state law.

Also on the agenda Tuesday in Spencer:

• Town manager and mayor’s reports

• Public comment

• A request to use Library Park by the North Rowan High School Band

• A discussion of parks

In other town news in Spencer, the Small Town Main Street program continues to make progress.

Interns are assisting town staff on much of the legwork, including a retail merchants’ surveys. Results of the survey will help Spencer sculpt a personalized economic restructuring and promotions plan for the downtown, Town Manager Larry Smith said.

Student interns also have been helping to compile a comprehensive parking count, including the downtown and N.C. Transportation Museum, and updating the downtown building inventory. 

As part of the Small Town Main Street program, Spencer is also working with multiple agencies to find funding for the planning and design of a concept that would connect the downtown area, Spencer Woods, the eventual Stanback Loop and the N.C. Transportation Museum.

Progress also continues on Spencer Woods, where Eagle Scout projects and parking improvements are under way.

Spencer Woods planners will break up some segments of the master plan for individual groups of volunteers to tackle.

Contact reporter Emily Ford at 704-797-4264.

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