The Finney County Commission on Monday approved an amendment to the county’s zoning regulations regarding signs and outdoor advertising, altering the rules on electronic message boards and signs in residential areas.

Prior to the change, the code allowed the electronic signs in residential zoning districts with restrictions regarding brightness, how long they can be used and how often the sign can change messages. The changes came in light of the boards’ evolving technology, which give owners more control over the displays, said Kaleb Kentner, neighborhood and development services director.

Using similar sign code ordinances from Topeka and Manhattan, as well as Madison, Wis., staff drafted an ammendment that dictates the boards’ maximum luminance will be 5,000 nits from sunrise to sunset and 500 nits from sunset to sunrise, and that they must be equipped with an automatic dimmer.

The signs are limited to one, non-animated message change every 15 seconds in under 54 mph zones and every 8 seconds in over 55 mph zones.

In other business:

• Commissioners approved the county's comprehensive plan, the culmination of over a year and a half revision process to the county's former plan from 1995. It reviews the county's options and sets goals regarding transportation, planning, housing, public services, land use, economic development and agricultural resources. 

• Commissioners approved A-M Russell Excavating’s bids to clean up illegal solid waste dumping sites at 305 and 307 Hillside Ave.

• Commissioners signed a letter of agreement with Wilson & Co. for a primary sewer system study for Sewer District No. 2. The $4,992 study will determine the capacity of the district’s lagoons ahead of potential plans to connect residents with failing systems to the sewer.

• The commission signed a supplemental agreement to proceed with Wilson & Co.’s haunch slab redesign for the Community Road Bridge replacement project. The design selection will increase the design portion of the project by no more than $17,802.

• The commission reached a consensus regarding remodeled designs of the Finney County Adminsitrative Building, asking Stewart Nelson, principal-in-chief at GMCN Architects, and Randy Partington, county adminsitrator, to further discuss the duct work and information technology set-ups before revisiting.


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