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Richmond Hill Business Owners Concerned About Sign Ordinance

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Some businesses in Richmond Hill are concerned over a new sign ordinance proposal that would put restrictions on the way they advertise with banners and signs.

Under the proposal, the tall pole signs that usually advertise the businesses' name would be a thing of the past.  A new business would have to choose a monument sign with the base connected to the ground.  Other signs attracting customers into a business would also be regulated.

"A lot of businesses in Richmond Hill are businesses that are impulse type buys, and when someone is driving by they say oh wow, I need to stop there," said Royal Oak Car Wash Owner, Michael McGaughey.

To make sure his car wash business stands out from the pack, Michael McGaughey, has pulled out all the stops on outdoor advertising something he might have to scale back.

"I'm very concerned that it's going to hurt my business because I know when I take my banners down, my business goes down, and we have an individuality that sort of makes us stand out," said McGaughey.

Removing the banners and some signs from the ground is part of a city effort to give the area a cleaner look.

"More aesthetically pleasing. My idea is if Pooler, Bluffton, Berwick can have a certain look with monument signs with landscaping, then why can't Richmond Hill?" said Richmond Hill Councilman, Russ Carpenter.

Richmond Hill Councilman Russ Carpenter said new businesses will have to choose from a certain color palate for their monument signs, but that doesn't mean they'll look like each other.

"There are a lot of different signs, still a lot of individuality, different shapes, heights, different materials and colors," said Carpenter.

McGaughey said he understands some signs in the area need to be cleaned up but not everyone should be punished.

"Some of them [his signs] are supporting Richmond Hill, shop local, stay here, don't go anywhere else, so now I've got Richmond Hill saying take down signs that tell people to stay here," said McGaughey.

The Richmond Hill city council will be voting on this sign ordinance on Tuesday, May 7th at 7:30 p.m.  Councilman Carpenter said if it does pass and a business suffers from some of the stipulations the city will re-visit the issue. 

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