When they convene their next regular meeting, aside from negotiating the minefield created by the council vacancy with the election of Gary Davis as mayor, the Elk Grove City Council will be discussing another thorny issue - the possibility of changing the city's freeway billboard ordinance.
Specifically, the council will discuss the possibility of loosening the current sign ordinance which allows only businesses that are directly adjacent to either Interstate 5 or Calif. Highway 99 to place billboards on either highway. The proposed change would allow businesses located near six specified interchanges to seek placement of billboards on nearby highways.
The matter arose last March when developer Gil Moore sought to to place a billboard on Highway 99 for his proposed gas station and fast food project located on Sheldon Road and E. Stockton Blvd. Among other reasons given, Moore said his desire to locate a McDonald's restaurant in the project hinged on the placement of a billboard.
Although many people have objected to the proposed loosening of the ordinance, with the exception of former Council Member Sophia Scherman, other council members said they would look at the idea citing economic development reasons.
For Davis the issue could be tricky as several of his individual mayoral supporters have voiced strong objections to the loosening of the ordinance as well as the project. Davis has voiced some support for relaxing the ordinance while the planning commission voted 4-1 against loosening it.
The Wednesday, January 23 meeting starts at 6 p.m.