6.19   On premise electronic changeable copy signs.
   a)   Electronic changeable copy signs shall be a monument sign only and limited to one sign per development or business if the business is not part of an overall development.
   b)   These signs are allowed in the G1 (Governmental) district.
   c)   The changeable copy portion of a monument sign utilizing changeable copy technology may not exceed eight (8) feet in height and must be seven and a half (7.5) feet from all property lines.
   d)   The electronic changeable portion of the sign may not exceed fifty percent (50%) of the permitted sign face or thirty-two (32) square feet.
   e)   Sign copy changes shall not change displays more frequently than once every thirty (30) seconds. Public Emergency Messages/Public Service Announcements may change displays as frequently as once every five (5) seconds only if the entirety of the sign face is comprised of the Public Emergency Message/Public Service Announcement and no commercial message is displayed.
   f)   Blinking, flashing, flickering, oscillating, rotating, animation, or scrolling of the changeable area shall not be permitted.
   g)   The sign shall not emit any sound or noise of any type.
   h)   Signs may not exceed a maximum illumination level of 0.3 foot candles above ambient light, regardless of the method of illumination. The 0.3 foot candles above ambient light shall be measured at a distance from the subject sign as noted in the below table:
Area of Sign Sq. Ft.
Measurement Ft.
   i)   Light trespass shall not exceed .3 foot candles at any property line.
   j)   All electronic changeable copy signs shall be designed to freeze the sign in one position with no more than the maximum allowable illumination if a malfunction occurs.
   k)   All electronic changeable copy signs shall be installed with light sensitive automatic dimming controls.
   l)   The changeable copy sign shall be limited to LED or similar low-intensity lighting. The stationary portion of the sign may be externally illuminated with down lighting so as not to affect the view of motorist.
   m)   All electronic changeable copy signs shall be static between 10 p.m. and dawn.
   n)   No variations in light intensity during the static period of display are permitted.
   o)   Prior to permitting, the applicant shall submit a signed letter from the sign manufacturer stating that the sign is equipped with the ability to comply with these regulations and provide FCC and UL certificates. The applicant shall also submit a signed letter from the sign owner or operator stating that they have read the regulations and will not tamper with the manufacturer preset illumination settings.
   p)   Traditional signs, in compliance at the time of this section, changing over to LED bulbs to illuminate a sign are not included in this section of the chapter and must still comply with all elements of the lighting ordinance for the town.
(Ord. No. 2016-02, 4-18-16; Ord. No. 2020-03, § I (part), 7-7-20; Ord. No. 2020-10, 12-1-20)