By Emily Banks Wooten
The Livingston City Council approved an amendment to the city’s code of ordinances during a special called meeting Tuesday, providing for the granting of variances to provisions of the sign code.
Following that action, Council approved a request from Coast 2 Coast Signs for a variance from the sign code for a sign permit for an off-premise sign for Panda Express and Starbucks at 1620 W. Church St.
The request for the sign permit had been made previously but was denied by Council as the city’s ordinance only allowed for on-premise signage, prohibiting putting signage elsewhere. Coast 2 Coast Signs was wanting to erect a large sign on the Hwy. 59 feeder road near the side entrance to the Walmart parking lot. Although the company had received permission from Walmart, such sign would have been in violation of the city’s ordinance.
“With the growth we’re experiencing, we’re going to have to revisit our ordinance. It just doesn’t apply as it did when initially adopted,” City Manager Bill S. Wiggins previously said. Tuesday’s action by Council will now allow companies to seek a variance from the sign code.
In other activity, Council administered the oath of office to Mayor Judy B. Cochran and Aldermen Alan Cook and Marion A. “Bid” Smith. All three were up for reelection but having drawn no challengers, the city was able to cancel the election and declare the incumbents reelected. Following the administering of the oath of office, certificates of election were presented to the city officials and Cook was reelected mayor pro-tem for the 2022-2023 term.