Darren Harmon, general manager of Family Fun Center, is stymied over a challenge from the Development Review Board to prove his sign is "attractive and functional."
How exactly do you prove a sign is attractive and functional?
That's the question Darren Harmon, general manager of the Family Fun Center and Bullwinkle's Restaurant, has to answer if he wants to keep his current signs.
Despite having new signage installed more than two years ago, Harmon
found himself in front of the Development Review Board Panel B last week trying to justify a move he
thought was perfectly legal.
"I got a call from the city back in April and it was the first I heard that my signs weren't up to code," Harmon
said last week, after going over plans for new features at his
"We thought everything was OK, until they called."
Two years ago, Harmon
te Signs to put up more than $19,000 in new signs.
hired the Wilsonville-based company because it had done good work for other businesses around the state.
Harmon said the owner of the locally-owned sign business told him he had all the required permits to put up the new signs.
However, according to city records, that paperwork never was filed.
The phone to Luminite Signs has been disconnected.
It is listed on the Better Business Bureau Web site with one unresolved issue and is not accredited with the organization.
"Basically I was having a light bulb changed on the sign and that is what brought all this about," Harmon
"I make no excuses," Harmon
The conditions include language that require Harmon
to take down the baseball pennants and remove all the exposed neon from both the large sign along the interstate and on the side of the building.
In the staff's opinion, they felt Harmon
didn't prove either.
will have to cut the poles to lower the sign, which would cost approximately $3,500.
He'll then need to spend another $2,500 to remove all the neon.
main sign cannot be seen from Town Center Loop.
DRB member Andrew Karr made a motion last week, telling Harmon
that if he
can give more evidence that his
signs are attractive and functional, the DRB will approve his
sign at its January meeting.
remains confused about what to do.
"I have tried to figure out what they are after, and I guess I just need to look at all the other signs in town and tell them what I find," he
said after the meeting.