Who wants to see LED billboards in Montgomery? : Editorials : Oswego Ledger-Sentinel : Hometown Newspaper for Oswego and Montgomery, Illinois
Who wants to see LED billboards in Montgomery?
Last Thursday evening the Montgomery Plan Commission voted 5-1 against a controversial proposal to amend the village's sign ordinance to permit LED billboards along local roads and highways in the village.
During last week's meeting, village staff members told the commission they couldn't find any communities in Illinois with populations of less than 200,000 that allow LED billboards. They said the signs are allowed in smaller communities in Florida and Texas.
Village staff also reminded the commission that both the village's 2002 comprehensive plan and a 2004 subarea plan for the Orchard Road corridor recommend against allowing the installation of any more billboards in the village.
In addition, not a single of the seven village residents who testified during the meeting voiced support for amending the ordinance to allow billboards.
Despite the commission's negative vote and the comments from residents, it's still possible the village board might still go ahead and amend the sign ordinance to permit LED billboards. A final village board vote could come as soon as the board's next regular meeting set for next Monday, Jan. 28 at 7 p.m. at village hall.
Before they vote on the amendment, we would challenge village board members who may favor amending the ordinance to find any village residents that want to see three-story tall LED billboards flashing commercial messages every few seconds along local U.S. Route 30, Ill. Route 31 and Orchard Road.