QUINCY -- A compromise was approved Monday to allow a downtown business to install a sign that's slightly larger than allowed under Quincy ordinance.
Pollock, Ennis & Heck at 608 Vermont had previously sought a 32-square-foot sign for the law office. That would have been far larger than the 15-square-foot limit in place for the central business district.
The larger sign had been denied by the Zoning Board of Appeals and then was tabled twice by the City Council.
City Planner Chuck Bevelheimer said the petitioner, aldermen and the sign company met last Thursday and worked out a compromise.
"They agreed to a 17-square-foot sign that projects out eight feet from the building, where signs usually can only project out six feet. But this business is located 11 feet off the right of way, so its a unique situation," Bevelheimer said.
Alderman Terri Heinecke, R-7, said the happy ending was possible when "all the players got together in a room and everybody came together" behind the plan.
Bret Austin of the District welcomed the new sign configuration.
"I think there was a little confusion when we started, with the sign that they wanted, and the process worked back and forth," Austin said.
Aldermen also approved a two-year copier rental contract with the Business Center for $13,622.59 per year. Information Technology Director Jim Murphy said city offices used to have individual deals for copier service. A rental program began in 2011, and all city offices will now be handled under a single agreement of the same length. Murphy said copier services for last year were $19,000.
In other business, the City Council recommended that the Building Commission grant a variance to allow ADM Animal Nutrition to build a new feed manufacturing facility in the 100-year flood plain south of a tributary of Cedar Creek.
Aldermen authorized an agreement between the city and the University of Illinois Extension for a community garden of about 16,000 square feet on city land north of Jackson-Lincoln Pool, 701 N. Eighth.
Quincy Window Cleaning and Janitorial Services was hired to clean the Central Services office building and the Quincy Transit building for one year at a cost of $12,864.
The City Council and mayor also voted to adopt an ordinance that increased spending in the 2016-2017 budget to include the $4 million in bonding and lease payments for space in the Adams County Jail building to house the Quincy Police Department.