Adding commercial signs on hold in area town

WALNUT RIDGE, AR (KAIT) - The signs of growth in one town have officials there taking a wait and see approach on the future of adding commercial signs in residential areas of town.

The Walnut Ridge City Council met this week to discuss the topic and agreed with a recommendation from the city attorney to implement a 90-day moratorium on adding any commercial signs in residential areas, officials said Wednesday.

Bryan Archer, who works as a code enforcement officer in Walnut Ridge, said new businesses and the building of the Lawrence County jail has caused large signs to be put in yards.

The city does not have an existing ordinance on the issue.

Archer said the time will give council members an opportunity to look into the issue.

"We're growing, which is good for the city, and we're experiencing some things that we haven't had to deal with in the past so this is going to give us an opportunity to make sure whatever we do as a city and as a city council, we do it that's fair for everybody," Archer said Wednesday.

Council members are set to meet again next month.

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