Compromise and input were welcomed by P+Z today at the latest public hearing on a proposed sign ordinance.
"There needs to be ordinances on the portable signs,and us and the portable sign business believe that we're willing to try and do that. Because we don't want you to put us out of business," Said John Decker of Inside Signs.
Today's hearing discussed portable signs, which would be prohibited in the new ordinance.
A group of industry business owners decided to change all that when they presented a several page outline of what they think might work.
"Over the past several years the city of Abilene has ended up neglecting the portable sign ordinance and their job to enforce the regulation of the industry, " Said Dwayne Mayville.
Their ideas prompted the committee to drop the proposal completely prohibiting portable signs and move forward with restrictions.
"We're not out to do away with somebody's business. Were not out to take away somebody's livelihood. Were here today to try and find that middle ground, to work with everybody to create an ordinance that we can all be proud of, and that we can recommend to city council," Said Commissioner Clint Rosenbaum
The group asked for stricter enforcement on the current portable regulations, and added they will be willing to help.
"The portable sign companies would like to offer the city of Abilene our services of picking up and delivering the abandon rundown signs to the recycling center. This would help cut costs and reduce the sign clutter over time," Said Mayville.