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3/21/2014 9:59:00 AM
Q: I thought the Oak Ridge sign ordinance prohibited a business from having more than one sign, and that the sign has to be located on the business property. If that's true, aren't two of the three Old Mill signs in violation?

A: The Oak Ridge sign ordinance states that one sign per road frontage is allowed, and the sign must be on the business property.

The Old Mill of Guilford has three signs - one on the Old Mill property, another across the highway from the property and a third one just south of the mill, at the Ai Church.

While these signs are not in compliance with the ordinance, they are allowed to stay because of a grandfather clause in the ordinance.

"The original signs (for the Old Mill) existed before the town incorporated and adopted a sign ordinance, and are therefore considered legal, nonconforming signs," explains Bruce Oakley, Oak Ridge's town manager.

"This means that, although the signs don't comply with the current sign regulations, they can stay in their current locations but cannot be expanded or relocated. The signs can be replaced and repainted, as long as new signs are the same size, in the same location and only advertise for the Old Mill."

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