City To Carry Out Thorough Review Of Sign Ordinance In Wake Of "Flying Donuts" Controversy

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

City officials said they will be carrying out a full review of the city sign ordinance following controversy over a donut mural on the Southside.

Wade Hinton, city attorney, assured City Council members on Tuesday that no action is pending against the owners of Koch's Bakery, who paid $11,000 to have the "Flying Donuts" mural erected nearby on the side of a building on 20th Street.

He said no citation has been issued in that case.

Council members seemed sympathetic to letting the mural stay.

Councilman Moses Freeman said in the past judges had ruled in favor of the businesses and against the city on similar instances. He said one was Summitt Pianos on Lee Highway. 

One council member said, "They (bakery owners) should not be taking a bucket of paint out there."

At the same time, Councilman Moses Freeman said other business owners should not be rushing out and having similar murals painted near their business with hopes of being "grandfathered in."

He said, "A flower shop should not be putting up a flower mural."

City inspectors said the Koch's Bakery mural technically violates the current city ordinance related to advertising materials.

One councilman said it appears to be okay under two sections of the ordinance, but runs afoul of a third.

City Attorney Hinton said he will be going over the ordinance with his top assistants "trying to highlight parts that don't seem reasonable."

He said his staff may also take a look at similar ordinances in other cities.

 


Sign Up To Get The Latest News, Opinions From Chattanoogan.com In Real Time; Win Set Of Chattanooga Photo Books

Sign up for our Facebook and Twitter feeds and you will get the  local news in "real time." You will also be entered for a chance to win the complete set of the Chattanooga Photo Books published by Chattanoogan.com. We will give away three sets of The Remarkable Stokes Collection, Railroads In and Around Chattanooga and Paul Hiener's Historic Chattanooga to our new Facebook ... (click for more)

Calbough Charged With Theft Of $25,000 In Jewelry From Mother's Soddy Daisy House

Terry Lee Calbough has been charged with stealing $25,000 in jewelry from his mother's house in Soddy Daisy. Calbough, 44, of E. Harbor Road, Soddy Daisy, was charged with aggravated burglary. In the incident on June 16, his mother reported the side door to her house was forced open and the jewelry taken. She said she was in General Sessions Court that day for the case ... (click for more)

Exempt Volunteer Fire Departments From Procurement Policies - And Response (2)

The Hamilton County Commission just grouped a bunch of departments together in an attempt to reign in the CVB. I haven't spoken to any commissioners, but I truly believe it was unknowingly. By mandating that all non profits that receive 25 percent of their revenue follow county procurement policies, they might as well have padlocked all local volunteer fire departments. We expect ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: The Saturday Funnies

I am constantly amazed by the many emails that I receive every day. Quite curiously, I get a heavier load than I would ever have thought because the big search engines on the Internet send my Chattanoogan.com stories far and wide. Even the local ones on the Chattanooga area bring comments and I am deeply flattered. I try to read them and lament I haven’t the time to respond the ... (click for more)

Lookouts Open Second Half Play With 6-1 Win Friday Over Pensacola

LHP Stephen Gonsalves threw seven innings, leading the Chattanooga Lookouts over the Pensacola Blue Wahoos in a 6-1 win on Friday night. Rain was in the area, but had no effect on the game. The Lookouts were supposed to begin the second half of their season on Thursday, but rain pushed the game to Friday. Gonsalves was on the mound and had a terrific outing. The left-hander ... (click for more)

Cleveland High School Selects Joey Knox As Head Wrestling Coach

Cleveland High School has selected Joey Knox as the next head coach for the Blue Raider Wrestling program.  Coach Knox has been with the wrestling program as an assistant since 2013.  During his assistant coaching tenure, the team has secured six Team State Championships, including five individual State Champions and 20 State Medalists.    Cleveland High ... (click for more)