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Cottleville examines temporary signage, outdoor event requirements

Cottleville officials are examining issues surrounding ordinances governing temporary signage and that regulate outdoor, off-premise parties and events that require a caterer’s liquor license and are often sought by local restaurants and bars.

The city’s Board of Aldermen, at an April 16 work session, reviewed issues around enforcing the temporary sign ordinance when they heard reports from city staff about how businesses were abiding by the ordinance.

City Administrator Rich Francis said April 16 was the deadline for businesses to obtain permits for temporary signs on their property. He said the board had decided to crack down on the signs because of complaints that some areas of the city were getting “junky.” Signs sometimes were deteriorating, city officials said.

Francis gave aldermen a list of 10 businesses in the city that had not obtained permits. The businesses included restaurants and St. Charles Community College for signs along Mid-Rivers Mall Drive. Francis said he would contact each business about obtaining a permit.

Meanwhile, Mayor Jim Hennessey suggested that schools such as the college and Francis Howell Central High might be exempt from the sign requirements.

Also on tap that evening was the topic of liquor licenses.

City Clerk Amy Lewis asked the board and Hennessey for some direction in issuing permits to some businesses for outdoor events that often require a liquor license and sometimes feature live music and require road closures.

Lewis said she wanted to give some direction about how the city might be managing requests for outdoor events. And she cautioned that the board may hear complaints depending on changes it makes.

“Whenever there is live music, there are complaints,” Hennessey said.

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