Herald Journal, July 14, 2003
Howard Lake Council approves bank sign
By Ryan Gueningsman
Security State Bank of Howard Lake will be allowed to put its 223 square foot sign on its property.
At a special city council meeting Tuesday night, the council gave its approval following recommendations of the planning and zoning commission, which met a half hour prior to the council meeting.
A variance to increase a freestanding multi-tenant sign from the maximum 40 square feet to 223 square feet was approved.
The variance must be recorded at the Wright County Recorder's Office, the sign building materials must match the new building, the electronic portion of the sign can reflect the date and time only, and cannot flash or blink, and the wall-mounted sign cannot exceed 160 square feet.
The planning and zoning commission approved the plans 4-1, with chairwoman Jean Schmidt opposing.
"The sign matches the building," Schmidt said. "The size of the building is out of place."
"I personally don't have a problem with the size of the sign," said planning and zoning member Jay Pettit. "I think it's adequate for the size of the building."
Tenants to be listed on the sign include Security State Bank, Ridgeview Howard Lake Clinic, Steaming Bean, and PrimeVest Financial Services. There will also be a 25-foot setback for the sign.