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Bedford council leaning toward tweaking new sign ordinance

Owner Wayne McNeil and his wife, Tabitha Armstrong, at Generation X Comics & Games in Bedford.
Owner Wayne McNeil and his wife, Tabitha Armstrong, at Generation X Comics & Games in Bedford. Star-Telegram archives

Several months after adopting a comprehensive sign ordinance that drew complaints from some businesses, the City Council is considering making some changes.

Mayor Jim Griffin said council members had concerns about the ordinance, which is scheduled to take effect Sept. 1.

“This is a far-reaching, all-encompassing ordinance,” he said.

During a June 9 work session, council members discussed increasing the amount of space for signage in windows from 25 to 33 percent.

The council is scheduled to vote on the revised ordinance July 12, Griffin said.

“The feeling was that it would provide more for business owners but wouldn’t change the intent of cleaning up what everyone was doing,” he said.

Other changes that will take effect Sept. 1 include eliminating portable signs and doing away with lighted signs in windows and doors.

“In my point of view, we made a minor tweak to the ordinance,” Griffin said.

He added that letters will be sent to businesses before the new ordinance goes into effect that explain the changes.

Wayne McNeil, who owns Generation X Comics & Games on Harwood Road, said that after the council voted 6-1 to approve the ordinance last winter, he posted a petition on Change.org, and received over 1,300 signatures.

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McNeil was concerned that having less space for signage in his window would put a damper on traffic to his store.

McNeil said he also attended the work session this month and was pleased with the compromise to increase the amount of space for signs in windows by 8 percent.

“I think [the petition] really got their attention. I think that the city government was very aware that this was going to be a problem,” McNeil said.

The advertising signs at Generation X Comics that show superheroes are on the side of the building and can’t be seen from the front.

“The work session was very positive, and I think everyone there was keen to come up with a compromise,” McNeil said.

But Bedford resident Amy Sabol questioned officials for considering changes to the ordinance before it goes into effect because she said Bedford needs to be cleaned up.

“Why is Bedford getting so left out? Why does it look so shabby? We need change, and we need it sooner than later,” she said.

Elizabeth Campbell: 817-390-7696, @fwstliz

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