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Council will hear sign code recommendations


In October 2013, the Newberg City Council established a Temporary and Portable Sign Ad-Hoc Committee. At the July 21 meeting, the committee will present its findings and recommendations to the council regarding the sign code.

The committee was formed after three local auto dealers came to the council and requested a review of the sign code, “particularly relating to the types of devices that fall under the sign regulations, such as advertising flags, banners, and streamers,” according to the council agenda.

The recommendations include developing downtown wayfinding and developing a sign permit program. This would include regulations and a review process to endure “such signage has an attractive, coordinated, and maintained appearance.” The criteria include size, color, style and font. However, the recommendations do not alter the code to further address election signs, which currently have no restrictions outside the definition of an “election event,” which simply outlines when election signs can be displayed.

The council will also vote on a motion to allocate additional funds to the widening project on College Street. The city received bids for the project taking place between Deskins Street and Aldercrest Drive, but the lowest bid for $973,500 from R&R General Contractors is more than $100,000 above the engineer’s estimate for the project cost. The Oregon Department of Transportation also informed the city there was overrun on the final plan design, meaning the city is responsible for $44,000 in additional funds. The city is estimated to contribute $724,000 to the project, which will cost approximately $1.74 million.

A public hearing is also scheduled at the meeting to consider an increase in the franchise fee collected from Waste Management. The city has not increased the fee, currently at 3 percent, since 1978. The proposed increase is to 5 percent. In turn, Waste Management would increase the rate for customers. If approved, customer rates would increase 4.42 percent. For a typical customer, the increase would be from $19.92 to $20.81 per month. This adjusted franchise fee would bring increase revenue received by the city to $85,000.

The meeting begins at 7 p.m. July 21 at the Public Safety Building. For more information on the upcoming meeting, visit http://bit.ly/ 1twJvMZ.