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Comprehensive plan approved


The Moose Lake Planning Commission approved recommending a variance to the sign ordinance to add a new sign behind the Holiday Stationstore, located on Arrowhead Lane. The request was brought by Joey Crary of Indigo Signworks to the meeting on June 23.

It was explained this was the second request for the sign that had been brought to the planning commission. The first proposal for a sign had not been approved.

Mayor Ted Shaw pointed out there are two signs with the company’s logo on the canopy over the gas pumps, and other signage on the front of the building.

A freestanding sign is located between the building and the street that has digital displays that feature specials and the prices of fuels available at the station.

“Holiday has an image and brand,” explained Joey Crary of Indigo Signworks. “This is how businesses make money. They do their branding and marketing, and they have done very well doing what they have been doing. That helps them be supportive of your community.”

The commissioners expressed their concerns for the nearby residents, and asked if the new sign could be shut off at 11 p.m. when the store closes.

Crary said the new sign, to be located on the northeast side on the building, could have a dedicated circuit and be shut off between the hours of 11 p.m. and 5 a.m. when the store is closed. The canopy is lighted throughout the night for customers to use the gas pumps, he added.

No one appeared at the public hearing about the sign, and the planning commission approved recommending approval of the variance by the city council.

No one appeared at another public hearing at the same meeting about the city’s comprehensive plan.

City Administrator Pat Oman explained the city had been holding public meetings to gather information from members of the public and representatives of various businesses and organizations in the community during the last eight or nine months.

Now the plan was brought to the planning commission for review and input.

“The comprehensive plan is a priority list, a get done list,” explained Mayor Shaw. “It’s a guideline for the next five or six years that we can go by as we make improvements in the city as allowed by the budget. Those improvements are what the citizens want but the expenses for those improvements have to fit within the city’s budget. We have to prioritize. It will keep the city dynamic, and keep us headed in the right direction.”

The planning commission recommended approval of the plan by the city council.


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