EM Plan Commission approves business sign on community center/library property

By Cara L. Dempski

ELK MOUND — A martial arts instructor who has taught classes in the Elk Mound community center for the past few years has been approved to erect a sign on the premises.

The Elk Mound Plan Commission unanimously recommended approval of Josh Lindberg’s five-foot by four-foot sign for Karate American during a November 15 meeting. Commission chairman Terry Stamm indicated the proposed sign met all village ordinances, and would be placed on the southeastern end of the parking lot.

[emember_protected] Public works director Mark Levra said the sign would be approximately six feet high and mounted on four by four wood posts. Stamm displayed a sample design for the sign on the projection screen in the room, and explained the ordinance also stipulated the sign be kept in good repair.

Commission member Mike Tietz asked if the village would be able to remove the sign if there were any significant issues that arose from its placement or condition, and suggested that some extra stipulations be included in Lindberg’s next contract for renting the space for classes.

These stipulations included the village providing Lindberg with notice of any potential issues needing to be addressed and a reasonable timeline for him to address them or remove the sign from the property, whichever the board determined necessary.

Stamm informed the commission that Lindberg was simply seeking a commitment for the village for the sign to be there as long as he is using the community center space for his business.

Tietz agreed, but added the village was not giving Lindberg carte blanche rights for signage without exerting some control over it due to the sign being placed on village property.

In the end, the commission unanimously agreed to recommending the application’s approval to the board. [/emember_protected]