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Council to vote on arena sign purchase

April 8, 2019

HUNTINGTON — Huntington City Council members will vote Monday night on a resolution to purchase a new sign and sound equipment for the Big Sandy Superstore Arena.

Cindy Collins, the arena’s general manager, is asking council members to purchase a new digital sign to hang above the arena’s main lobby doors. The proposed sign will be 12 feet tall and 23 feet wide with video and audio capabilities.

Council members will vote to approve a resolution in support of a contract for Paris Signs of Huntington to install the sign for approximately $168,000.

Paris Signs was chosen after placing the construction and installation out for bid, said J.D. Thompson, the arena’s operations manager. A company still hasn’t been chosen to install the sign’s audio capabilities, but it will not cost more than $35,000, Thompson said.

Collins said previously she envisions using the sign to play outdoor movies or host local bands on the arena’s plaza.

“It’s going to be the largest digital sign in the city,” she said. “It will have sound, so we hope to be able to do lots of wonderful things out on the plaza.”

Also during the meeting, council members will vote on the second reading of an ordinance to update the city’s parking standards.

The proposed ordinance will decrease the number of off-street parking standards for the city, which has required homeowners and developers to build out parking spots according to the size of buildings.

The proposed standards are more progressive than what is currently on the books, but stops short of eliminating the standards altogether. The new standards also require more bicycle parking, which will promote a more bikeable city.

For example, dwelling units will be required to have one parking space for every bedroom. Previously, dwelling units were required to have 1.25 parking spaces for every bedroom. Hotels and motels will be required to have 0.8 parking spaces for every guestroom. They must also have one bike parking space for every 20 guest rooms. Previously, hotels and motels were required to have one parking space for every guestroom.

Retail stores will be required to have one parking space per 300 square feet of space. They must also have one bike parking space for every 3,000 square feet, with a minimum of two spaces. Retail stores previously were required to have one parking space for every 200 square feet.

Warehouses will be required to have one space per 3,000 square feet. Previously, warehouses were required to have one space for every 600 square feet.

Hospitals will be required to have one space for every three beds and one space per full-time employee. Previously, hospitals were not required to provide spaces for employees.

City Council’s work session meeting begins at 7 p.m., followed by the meeting at 7:30 p.m. A meeting of the city’s Administration and Finance Committee will be held at 6:30 p.m.

Travis Crum is a reporter for The Herald-Dispatch. He may be reached by phone at 304-526-2801.