EASTON, Md.- Sign, sign, everywhere a sign, and LED signs are popping up more and more in Easton.
Terry John, the owner of Mid-Atlantic Tires in Easton, also owns an electronic LED sign.
"Having a sign out there is important and we could have just put an ordinary sign out there but the advantage of an LED is being able to convey a message frequently to a broad amount of customers and get a message out frequently has been a very effective way of getting our message across," John said.
Since installing his $10,000 sign, the town of Easton has proposed an ordinance that limits how the sign can be used. Terry said his sign should be exempt from any new regulations.
"I think all of us who purchased the LED signs under a different set of ordinances would just like to have the opportunity to do that, the big change in the ordinance was the hold time and we think it significantly diminishes the use of the sign," John said.
The hold time of a message increased from eight seconds to 10 minutes. But now other changes have been proposed.
"Maximum light intensity to provide a dimming feature," said Easton Councilmen Pete Lesher. Lesher understands why some business owners don't like the new rules but says the town's job is to find a common middle ground for all.
"It may not make everybody happy but hopefully we will come up with a compromise that everyone can live with," said Lesher.
A vote on the LED sign ordinance could come as early as next week's council meeting in Easton.
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