§ 159.168  MISCELLANEOUS SIGNS.
   (A)   Accessory Signs.
      (1)   Permit required: No.
      (2)   Window signs located on the front glass of the building shall not exceed one square foot.
      (3)   Matter appearing on gasoline pumps including credit card information, fuel information, and/or other similar matter is permitted if less than three inches in height. A decal less than one square foot in size that includes the business name or business logo may be placed at each fueling station. All advertisement posters and paraphernalia are prohibited.
      (4)   Matter appearing on automatic teller machines (ATM), including credit card information, bank network information, business name, business logo and/or other similar matter is permitted if less than three inches in height. All advertisement posters and paraphernalia are prohibited. All free standing ATMs shall follow the permanent sign regulations applicable to the location of the machine.
      (5)   Newspaper vending boxes, DVD/CD vending boxes, soda machines, and other similar vending boxes.
   (B)   Model Home/Sales Office Signs.
      (1)   Permit required: Yes.
      (2)   Signs shall be located inside the subdivision under construction outside of the public right-of-way.
      (3)   Each sales office or model home may have one sign for each use not to exceed six square feet.
      (4)   Each subdivision’s home builders shall be permitted a directional sign beyond that already allowed by this chapter. Said sign shall be both incidental and necessary for the sale, rental, or lease of real property in the zone district. This sign shall be a maximum of four square feet in size and shall be required to be located inside the subdivision under construction. The sign shall not be located within the right-of-way. If multiple builders are located within the same subdivision, and each has a model home(s) in different locations of the subdivision, each would be permitted a single directional sign. No company and/or business names or logos are permitted on the directional signs.
      (5)   No flags, banners, or other portable signs shall be permitted.
   (C)   Directory Signs.
      (1)   Permit required: Yes.
      (2)   As ground signs shall not exceed four feet in height and 16 square feet in size and shall be located internal to the site and not legible from adjacent real estate or streets.
      (3)   As wall signs shall not exceed eight square feet.
      (4)   As projecting signs shall clear the sidewalks by a minimum of eight feet in height and may project no more than four feet from the building or one-third the width of the sidewalk, whichever is more.
   (D)   Directional Signs.
      (1)   Permit required: Yes.
      (2)   Shall not exceed four square feet in size or four feet in height.
      (3)   Shall not contain any logos, business names, or other copy that denotes the business for which it serves.
   (E)   Electronic Signs.
      (1)   Permit required: Yes.
      (2)   Shall only be used as a permanent on-premise ground sign and shall maintain the same size, height, and items of information restrictions as a non-electronic sign.
      (3)   Shall not be located closer than 1,320 feet to any other electronic sign on the same street frontage as measured from the center of the sign structure.
      (4)   Any portion of the sign message shall remain stationary for a minimum of ten seconds. No portion of the message shall flash, scroll, twirl, change color, fade in or out, have transitional elements between copy changes, or in any manner imitate movement at any time.
      (5)   Shall display only those services to the site it is serving.
      (6)   The electronic portion of a designation or ground sign shall be limited to a maximum of 30% of the overall sign area.
      (7)   The sign shall be factory certified not to exceed a maximum illumination of 5,000 NITS (candelas per square meter) during daylight hours and must be dimmed automatically 30 minutes after sunset and before sunrise to maintain a maximum illumination of 5,000 NITS as measured from the sign’s face at maximum brightness.
      (8)   A default mechanism shall freeze the sign in one portion or static message if a malfunction occurs.
      (9)   These signs are not permitted in the DT (Downtown Zoning District) except for time and temperature signs.
      (10)   These signs shall be full color (RGB electronic LED or Tri-color electronic LED excluding time and temperature signs.
   (F)   Sandwich Board Signs located in the "DT" Downtown Zoning District.
      (1) Permit required: Yes. An encroachment permit is also required prior to the issuance of the sign permit if located in public right-of-way.
      (2)   Sign placement must meet all encroachment requirements as detailed in City Code Chapter 94.
      (3)   Signs shall be removed from the outside location at the end of each business day.
      (4)   A ballast weighing a minimum of ten pounds and colored solid black shall be installed at the base or hang internally from the A- Frame of the sandwich board sign to ensure stability in windy conditions.
      (5)   More than two violations of the provisions of the regulations governing these sign types in any one calendar year shall result in the termination of the sign permit for the sandwich board and require removal of the sandwich board. A new sandwich board sign shall not be permitted for the business for a minimum of 12 months from the date of the sign permit revocation.
 
      (6)   Maximum size: 24 inches by 36 inches.
      (7)   Maximum height: Three feet.
      (8)   Materials: Hardwood, chalk, or finished metal A-Frame.
   (G)   Sandwich Board Located in the “LB” Local Business, “GB” General Business, or “PB” Planned Business Zoning Districts.
      (1)   Permit required: Yes.
      (2)   Signs shall not located in the right-of-way.
      (3)   Signs shall be removed from the outside location at the end of each business day.
      (4)   A ballast weighing a minimum of ten pounds and colored solid black shall be installed at the base or hanging internally from the A- Frame of the sandwich board sign to ensure stability in windy conditions.
      (5)   Maximum size: 24 inches by 36 inches.
      (6)   Maximum height: Three feet.
      (7)   Permitted materials: Hardwood, steel, vinyl-clad, poly- plastic A-Frames and other similar materials.
   (H)   Canopy over stacking lane(s).
      (1)   Permit required: Yes
      (2)   One sign is permitted over each stacking lane.
      (3)   Each sign shall not exceed 75% of the height of the canopy and 25% of the width of the stacking lane.
      (4)   Signs may be internally illuminated or have LED components.
   (I)   Original Art Mural.
      (1)   Permit required: No. No permit is required, but the mural must be reviewed by the Department of Planning to ensure that it is not a mural sign. Once that sign off is received, the applicant will be given a form to take to Nickel Plate Arts. The Nickel Plate Arts Public Art Committee will then review the proposal and complete the form provided. A copy of the completed form will be returned to the Department of Planning upon completion. No sign permit is required as long as the mural meets the regulations below.
      (2)   Original art murals shall be permitted only with the Central Core illustrated in Appendix G.
      (3)   The original art mural shall be permitted only on the flat planes of walls.
      (4)   The original art mural shall not be painted on or affixed to obscure architectural features such as windows, doors, pilasters, cornices, or other building recessed or projecting features.
      (5)   The original art mural shall not include a commercial message.
      (6)   The dimensions of the original art mural shall stay within the original dimensions of the wall on which the mural is being painted or affixed.
(Ord. 17-5-09, passed 6-9-09; Am. Ord. 23-6-09, passed 6-9-09; Am. Ord. 41-9-09, passed 10-13-09; Am. Ord. 31-9-10, passed 9-28-10; Am. Ord. 12-2-11, passed 3-15-11; Am. Ord. 32-10-11, passed 11-15-11; Am. Ord. 32-07-19, passed 7-23-19)