Crystal Lake council convenes to finalize sign ordinance
The Crystal Lake City Council finalized an ordinance allowing the McHenry County College (MCC) to move forward with its master sign plan at the end of January.
The Planning and Zoning Commission heard the details regarding this ordinance on Jan. 6. Following deliberations between commission members, representatives from the college and members of the public, the ordinance was recommended for full council approval.
The master sign plan for the college includes an electronic messaging center (EMC). According to an earlier article from McHenry Times, the sign replacements are part of the final phase of campus-wide upgrades.
The ordinance was approved by City Council on Jan. 19, with certain conditions that must be met by the college. They include limitations on how the EMC sign can perform and require the college to work with government staff to address landscaping and other matters.
Regarding the EMC, the sign may not move or flash. Messages must appear and disappear with intervals of five minutes maximum. The college was also directed to inform staff which signs may remain in place and which need to be moved.
At this time, the ordinance is in full effect.