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Mauldin Sign Ordinance

Mauldin's city council will vote tonight on a proposal to completely revamp the city's sign ordinance.

"It's a comprehensive re-write, pretty much eliminates current sign ordinance and replaces it with new section," says Kim Hamel, director of the city's Business & Development Services.

The new ordinance provides detailed definitions and design standards in its first phase. In a few months, the city will look at a second phase including what to do with non-conforming signs and developing a timeline to bring them into compliance.

The city hopes the new ordinances will help clear the clutter of signs along major roadways, making Mauldin an attractive location for new businesses.

Some business owners say the current ordinance is confusing. Todd Ruquet owns Dynamic Auto Sales off Main Street. He says the city told him to take down an American flag-like banner a few weeks ago.

"I said well how come across the street at Chicora Alley, they have an American flag off the top of the building," said Ruquet.

City officials say official US flags must be flown in accordance with federal guidelines, but the issue highlights why the city's ordinance needs more clarification.

The city's planning commission recommended the council approve the ordinance, but suggested it move enforcement from the police department to the building and services division.

A first reading of the ordinance will be voted on by council Monday night. If it passes, it will need to pass a second ordinance next month to become law.


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