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Thomasville business owners upset after ordinance vote put off

Business owners in Thomasville are upset after a no-vote regarding a new sign ordinance by city leaders. (Source: WALB) Business owners in Thomasville are upset after a no-vote regarding a new sign ordinance by city leaders. (Source: WALB)
Bart Williams, owner of Williams Electric and Signs in Thomasville. (Source: WALB) Bart Williams, owner of Williams Electric and Signs in Thomasville. (Source: WALB)
THOMASVILLE, GA (WALB) -

Work to revise Thomasville's sign ordinance has been controversial and lengthy.

"We would have been done with this thing in about 90 to 120 days and here we are now at 2 and a half years," Bart Williams.

Back in 2014 the city started revisions on the current ordinance that was passed in 2010.

Since then, many people feel that Thomasville has grown so much that the old ordinance doesn't represent today's community very well.

"We dont want the huge signs like you see in the big metropolitan areas like you see in Tallahassee, Albany, and Atlanta especially. We're just looking for some compromise and to have our input and our voice heard," said Williams.

The city had its first ordinance reading for the new draft, one that received a no-vote from the council.

A few council members expressed some concerns and suggested the ordinance needs more work.

One issue that business owner Bart Williams had with the current draft is the ability to have electronic message boards.

He said a lot of customers want them.

"More and more we see a need for the electronic type of sign for conveying the message as for specials or any events that may be happening," said Williams.

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