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8/6/2014 8:55:00 PM
Peru moves sign hearing to Thursday night

Jeff Dankert
NewsTribune Reporter

A sign ordinance hearing scheduled for Wednesday in Peru city hall was cancelled due to lack of member attendance from the Zoning Board of Appeals and Plan Commission.

The hearing was rescheduled for 7 p.m. Thursday. This will continue a hearing held July 23 on changes to the sign ordinance.

The city’s Design Review Committee assembled prior to Wednesday’s scheduled hearing and after it was cancelled, the committee discussed further changes to the ordinance. Some of the changes have been suggested by Tim Iwanicki, salesman at P & D Sign Co., Peru and Daktronics electronic sign company.

Potential changes mostly focus on electronic message boards, including LED (light emitting diode), such as increasing sizes of signs in some zones, defining off-premise signs, grandfathering of existing signs and limiting moving and flashing imagery.

Also, Spring Valley has requested a copy of Peru’s ordinance, the committee learned. Spring Valley also wants to see an LED sign demonstration from Daktronics, which the company did for Peru at the July 23 hearing.

Peru has a temporary moratorium on “any new digital sign, digital billboard, or electronic variable message sign” until after a new ordinance is approved.

If the Zoning Board of Appeals and Plan Commission approve the ordinance Thursday, it could go to the City Council for a vote on Monday.

Jeff Dankert can be reached at (815) 220-6977 or Follow him on Twitter @NT_Peru.

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