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Medora Zoning Commission appoints committee to study LED sign issue

MEDORA -- The Medora Zoning Commission on Tuesday appointed four residents to a committee charged with seeking out a way to allow businesses in the western-themed city to keep illuminated signage.

With a permit, Medora currently allows small neon signs -- no larger than 34 inches by 14 inches -- to be placed outside businesses from Labor Day through Memorial Day. During summer months, the city does not allow such signs outside of businesses, according to zoning rules.

The issue brought concerns at a City Council meeting earlier this month when several business owners and residents expressed dismay over the city's plans to purchase a new digital LED sign to be placed outside the Medora Community Center, welcoming motorists into town.

"Medora has a unique brand," Medora Mayor Doug Ellison said. "That's something that we need to capitalize on."

Medora resident Valerie Naylor, along with Circle C Gallery owner Corinne Davis, Boots Bar & Grill owner Brad Skachenko and Kinley Slauter of the Theodore Roosevelt Medora Foundation agreed to serve on the committee.