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Granite Quarry seeks comment on proposed sign law changes

GRANITE QUARRY — The Granite Quarry Board of Aldermen will hold a public hearing Monday night on additions to the town’s sign ordinance.
The changes pertain to murals, off-premise signs, transitional signs and blade signs, as recommended by the Granite Quarry Planning Board.
The public hearing on the sign changes is scheduled for 6:45 p.m. Monday at Town Hall. The Board of Aldermen will follow with its regular monthly meeting at 7 p.m.
As for murals, the proposed change simply adds murals as a permitted wall sign. Murals would have to “pertain to the business, not be of graffiti in nature or offensive and be maintained so that paint is not peeling or cracking,” according to the proposal.
Another addition under wall signs would allow them to front a railroad track, if the building’s wall is visible from a street across the tracks.
For off-premise signs, the proposal is to allow them in all business districts of Granite Quarry but only to advertise businesses not located on Salisbury Avenue.
The off-premise sign would have to be located on adjacent property of the business being advertised and/or within 400 feet of that business. One off-premise sign per parcel would be allowed, and the maximum size would be 24 square feet and 6 feet high.
Transitional signage addresses developments with two or more tenants utilizing a multi-tenant sign.
Blade signs refer to a projecting or suspended sign advertising a place of business. One per business would be allowed, and the size could be no more than 4 square feet. The bottom of the sign has to be at least 8.5 feet above the ground, and the blade signs would not be allowed to project more than 5 feet from the wall.
Blade signs could be internally lit.
Items on the aldermen’s agenda include:
• A report from the Downtown Revitalization Team on a Granite Quarry delegation’s recent trip to Travelers Rest, S.C.
• An update from Administrative Assistant Sarah Cross on parks, events and recreation activities and news from the Recycling Committee.
• An update from Mayor Pro Tem Jim LaFevers on the committee looking into mayoral elections.
• An update on the town’s recent satellite annexation of roughly 90 acres of county property off Heilig Road.
• A discussion about possibly reinstalling the basketball goals at Civic Park.
In other Granite Quarry news, Town Manager Dan Peters reports he is continuing to work with business leaders and the public on growth opportunities.
Peters and Mayor Bill Feather recently met with Josh Ward, who is an assistant on U.S. Sen. Richard Burr’s staff, to talk about possible opportunities for the town.
Feather and Deputy Clerk/Planning and Zoning Administrator Susan Closner also met recently with the Salisbury-Rowan Economic Development Commission, Salisbury-Rowan Utilities and the town’s engineering firm to discuss extending a water line to the Gildan property off Heilig Road.
The latest issue on grade improvements at the Bank Street railroad crossing is the relocation of a power pole at the driveway for Price Pharmacy, Peters reports.
Maintenance Supervisor Kim Cress reports his crews picked up 13 dump-truck loads of limbs in June. The town also patched potholes on several streets, including Rowan, South Oak and Claiborne.
Town workers added stone and leveled areas of the Nature Trail. Cress says they also have been busy improving the town’s appearance by trimming trees, cleaning sidewalks and painting in various areas.
Curbed streets and several other areas were sprayed for bugs in June, and that will continue as needed or requested, Cress said. On June 27, the maintenance staff cleaned up the area around the town’s old treatment plant.
The staff also repaired panels and fixed a leak at Town Hall.
In June, the town rented or reserved the Legion Building 10 times; Civic Park, 10; and Granite Lake Park, eight.
The Parks, Events and Recreation Commission purchased $92.85 in table cloths for the town’s annual banquet, a Movie in the Park banner for $171.20 and a Bouncy House deposit for Family Fun Fest of $675.
Closner reports the town issued nine permits in June for an accessory structure, new businesses, home occupation businesses, a carport and a new sign for Grateful Heart Ministries at 706 Dunn’s Mountain Road.
Family Dollar received a permit to build its 8,320-square-foot store at 240 N. Salisbury Ave. New business licenses were issued to My Place at 130 S. Salisbury Ave. and Energy Plus at 1009 Loganberry Lane.
Contact Mark Wineka at 704-797-4263.

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