MAYOR AND COUNCIL
FEBRUARY 16, 2021
Mayor Cerino called the public hearing to order at 7:15 p.m. In attendance were Councilmembers David Foster, Thomas Herz, Ellsworth Tolliver and Meghan Efland, W. S. Ingersoll (Town Manager), Kees de Mooy (Zoning Administrator), Jennifer Mulligan (Town Clerk) and guests.
Ms. Mulligan read the public notice into the record as follows:
“At 7:15 p.m. on Tuesday, February 16, 2021 the Mayor and Council will hold a public hearing on a proposed text change amendment to Chapter 170-87.C.(5) of the Chestertown Zoning Ordinance. The text change modifies the free standing sign requirements in the C-3 Neighborhood Commercial zones outside of the Historic District to allow signs up to 30 sq.ft. in area and 15 feet in height on properties with 150 (sic 120) feet or more of street frontage. The purpose is primarily to allow larger signage on properties outside of the Historic District where the sign area regulations are currently proportionally too small.
The hearing will take via Zoom and will be livestreamed at www.townofchestertown.com. Anyone wishing to make public comment at the hearing should contact firstname.lastname@example.org no later than 4:00 p.m. on February 16. Written comments are welcome and can be sent to Town Hall at 118 N. Cross Street.
By Authority of
Chris Cerino, Mayor”
Mayor Cerino stated that the Ordinance, if adopted, would basically allow for larger signage on larger lots in the C-3 Zoning District and he thought it would be a welcome change. He added that before the Upper High Street area had a zoning change to C-3 (Neighborhood Commercial) it did allow for larger signage under its previous C-1 Zoning. Mayor Cerino said that this area of High Street extended is more oriented to vehicular traffic, rather than pedestrian, requiring larger signage.
Mayor Cerino asked if there were any members of the public who wished to comment. There being none, Rev. Tolliver moved to adjourn the public hearing at 7:27 p.m., was seconded by Mr. Herz and carried unanimously.
Submitted by: Approved by:
Jennifer Mulligan Chris Cerino
Town Clerk Mayor