The Smyrna City Council heard the sign committee’s recommendations during Monday’s Committee of the Whole meeting, a work session for upcoming City Council meetings. The Council also discussed buying new exercise equipment, a private school’s expansion and allowing alcoholic beverages at city events.
Community Development Director Ken Suddreth said the four-person committee recommended allowing wall signs for up to 30 days at a time four times a year, flags with messages on them and digital signs as long as they don’t distract motorists.
“The question becomes how long should it say, 30 seconds or a minute, so it’s not constantly changing every five or 10 seconds,” he said.
The committee, consisting of Jeff Kendrick of Commercial Signs, Jay Wallace of Adventure Outdoors, citizen representative Sean Murphy and McDonald’s restaurant owner Floyd Sims, will meet next Nov. 7.
“I hope the next meeting is the last meeting,” Suddreth said. “We may not be finished till December, and you won’t get it till January.”
The city fitness committee, headed by Human Resources Director Kay Bolick, got two bids, between $93,000 and $95,000, for buying or leasing fitness equipment and flooring.
Mayor Max Bacon suggested installing the new equipment at the Smyrna Community Center and bringing the older machines to City Hall for a city employee wellness program.
“If it’s successful and our employees do use it, let’s upgrade from there,” he said.
Community center users said through a
survey they want more treadmills, weight resistance machines, rowing machines and weightlifting benches.
Councilman Ron Fennel said the purchase dovetails with the city’s goal of promoting a healthier community, while Councilwoman Teri Anulewicz said it could save citizens money on taxes.
“A lot of taxpayers may not realize health care is not an insignificant part of this budget,” she said about the general fund.
Councilwoman Melleny C. Pritchett said the existing wellness program of weight control and tobacco cessation is showing tangible benefits.
“It saves money on insurance,” she said.
In other business, Primrose of Smyrna West on Church Road, an educational child day care center, wants to enlarge its 10,000-square-foot facility on its 4.35-acre parcel by adding a 1,000-square-foot classroom, he said.
It won’t be on the City Council’s agenda until Nov. 19 because the public works department needs to review the additional impervious surfaces the new structure will create.
The center’s parking lot will not need to be expanded.
“They’re not adding more parking,” Suddreth said about its 44 existing spaces, where 24 are required. “They had more to start with than what was necessary.”
Finally, a change to a city ordinance may allow adult beverages in city parks, opening the door to alcohol sales at city-sponsored events such as the summer concert series.
“Over the years, we’ve just looked the other way,” City Administrator Eric Taylor said.
The City Council meets Nov. 5 at 7:30 p.m. at City Hall, 2800 King St.