Payson Council Wrestles With Animated Signs

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The Payson Town Council on Thursday will mostly clean up after themselves with final action on a handful of housekeeping changes in the rules for running the library, putting up an automated sign and closing down streets for special events.

All three of the top issues for the council’s 5:30 p.m. meeting have already sailed through low-key first hearings, but return to the agenda for final action. The automated sign ordinance actually represents the closest approach to controversy on what has become a typically low-key agenda.

So this week, the council has asked the town’s planning staff to update the sign ordinance to allow electronic signs that periodically change their message, which the current ordinance actually bans. The planning staff earlier came back with a revision that would allow the flashing signs, so long as the message doesn’t change more than once every 20 seconds.

At the last council meeting, the council approved a first reading of that change — but also asked for an additional study on whether Payson should also allow fully “animated” signs — expensive bits of high-tech advertising with moving pictures.

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