Breckenridge sign ordinance fails on second reading |

Breckenridge sign ordinance fails on second reading

A proposed change to the town of Breckenridge’s sign law failed to pass a second reading during the regular council meeting on Tuesday, Sept. 9.

The Summit Daily incorrectly reported on Saturday, Sept. 13, that the sandwich board sign ordinance had passed a second reading, which would have made it law.

In fact, it failed to pass the second reading after no one seconded a motion by Councilwoman Erin Gigliello to accept the ordinance as written.

“It failed to get a second — it was defeated,” said Kim Dykstra-DiLallo, the town’s director of communications. “A majority of the council wanted it to get fully vetted through the task force.”

The proposed ordinance would have allowed businesses located outside the town’s core to place up to one sandwich board no larger than 2 by 3 feet in front of their stores. The first reading of the ordinance passed unanimously at the Aug. 26 regular meeting.

The SustainableBreck Business Task Force, composed of local business owners, will now get an opportunity to review the proposal before it comes to council again. Some downtown business owners felt it provided an unfair advantage. One criticism the council heard was that the proposal allowed only businesses outside the core to use sandwich boards. The task force will look at the ordinance and how it affects the entire town, not just the area outside the core.

“The council wanted to take a more holistic approach and have the task force look at the ordinance in its entirety,” Dykstra-DiLallo said. “They want to make sure there is a level playing field.”

The task force has met twice to discuss the sign ordinance and expects to bring a recommendation to the council during the Oct. 14 work session.

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