Council tables sign ordinance
SHEPHERDSTOWN, W.Va. - Only two downtown Shepherdstown businesses, both restaurants, welcome patrons with small neon "open" signs in their windows.
But if a new law proposed by the Town Council is passed, the signs will have to come down.
The council Tuesday night tabled a final reading of an amendment to an existing ordinance governing signs. The ordinance allows signs illuminated by incandescent or fluorescent lights, but makes no specific reference to neon. If adopted, the amendment would outlaw neon.
Affected would be the owners of Los Amigo Amy's, a Mexican restaurant at 120 W. German St., and the China Kitchen at the corner of German and King streets.
If the amendment passes, they would have five years to remove their neon signs, said Mayor Vince Parmesano. "We don't want to cause a hardship for anyone. Five years would let them amortize the cost of the signs," he said.