By Katie Ward
Community News Writer
Soddy-Daisy workers recently removed directional signs put up by Remax Properties of Hixson which created a stir at the recent Soddy-Daisy Commission meeting on June 1.
“I want to discuss the lead-in signs being removed,” co-owner of Remax Properties of Hixson Jim Shipley said. Several of his real estate signs were recently removed in Soddy-Daisy and not returned.
“Directional signs are prohibited on city right of ways,” City Manager Janice Cagle said. “We have too many signs and it is becoming a nuisance.”
Debbie Morrison, a Realtor with Remax Properties, explained that the business has done a lot of relocation work with families moving to Soddy-Daisy.
“Soddy-Daisy schools are the best and people want to move here,” Mrs. Morrison said. “People drive the main roads. We don’t want to lose them to Ooltewah.
“Red Bank recently removed their sign ordinance because it prohibited growth,” Mrs. Morrison added. “They felt it would benefit the city to have (signs). People have to have a home. If you want tax dollars, then you need growth. Most people want to drive around and see what is available before they call.”
Mrs. Morrison explained that was a problem when they found their lead-in signs were gone, because they were not returned.
“We can discuss (changing the sign ordinance),” City Manager Cagle said. “The sign ordinance we used to write our ordinance was Red Bank’s.”
Commissioner Geno Shipley explained that he does not like the sign ordinance himself.
“This year I was told at my sunrise service that you can’t put up banners,” Commissioner Shipley said. “Junior Miss Pageant came along and that is their only way to promote it. I think for some of our civic groups, churches and Realtors...maybe we should not be so stiff on it.”
Commissioner Bob Privett concurred that he too would be willing to look into the sign ordinance.
“I was very displeased about the Daisy Church of God sign being taken up about one of their programs,” Commissioner Privett said. “We did leave campaign signs up in our benefit.”
Mayor Les Jewell explained that he would also agree to look into it.
“I would rather penalize people with yard sale signs,” Mayor Jewell said. “These people (Realtors) pick up their signs.”
The commission decided to make a decision on the sign ordinance at its meeting on July 6.
In other business:
* The commission approved to strap down tables at the park because people have been moving them around and damaging the tables.
* Commissioners agreed to begin enforcing leash laws because of pets in the park running loose.
* The commission approved $6,420 for 450 cubic yards of ground covering for the city playground.
* The commission approved the purchase of a new truck for $18,388.51 for the city’s codes enforcement officer. His current truck is in poor condition. The new truck will be purchased out of the city’s $40,000 capital outlay money. City Manager Cagle agreed to earmark the purchase out of her capital outlay.
The next scheduled meeting is June 15 at 7 p.m. at Soddy-Daisy’s Municipal Building.
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