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January 9, 2014

Council denies control of tax

New tourism committee will decide how to fund itself



City Attorney Larry Bryson explained to the council the issue is that permission was granted for the billboard to be used as an advertising device and adding antennas would repurpose the billboards.

“This is not necessarily a bad thing because it uses existing structures to provide a better service to the community,” Bryson said.  “However, this council needs to decide what requirements must be set in place to ensure the billboards maintain their structural integrity.”

Due to uncertainty in existing laws and procedures regulating the use of billboards as cellular towers, the council recommended further discussion by the involved attorneys and the topic will be brought back to the council at a later date.

The council also set the date for Red, White and Boom for Friday, July 4.

“The Fourth of July falls on a Friday this year,” Rudder said.  “I know we usually do Red, White and Boom on the Saturday before, but I think it would be kind of neat to have our Independence Day celebration on the Fourth of July.”

The council also heard and approved the second reading of an ordinance to rezone the following properties from R2 residential zones to C2 commercial zones:

• Property owned by James R. Johnson located at 1864 North Mill Street

• Property owned by Bertie L. Sawyers located at 1869 and 1871 North Mill Street

• Property owned by James C. Johnson and Sarah C. Johnson at 1868 North Mill Street

• Property owned by James R. Parsley and Mary Parsley at 1867 North Mill Street

Also discussed:

• A 5K run was approved to take place on March 29, during the Grills Gone Wild Barbecue event.  Proceeds will be donated to the Wounded Warrior Project.

• A 13.1 mile mini-marathon was approved to take place on May 10; proceeds will go towards funding the Backpack Club.

• A 5K run was tentatively approved for March 22, pending the availability of London City Police.  Proceeds will go towards the family of a Saint Joseph London Emergency Room nurse who is fighting breast cancer.

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