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These definitions are not intended to be all-inclusive, but are to be for definition purposes in assisting in the understanding and compliance with the intent of this Ordinance.
  ANIMATED SIGN: A sign, any visible part of which moves, flashes, or changes color, regardless of the source of energy which causes the movement, flash, or, change of color.
  ARCHITECTURAL BLADE: A roof sign or projecting sign with no legs or braces which is an integral part of the building structure, rather than an object added to or standing on the building.
  AWNING: A projecting cover extending over a door, window or wall section with supports attached to the building and used as cover, protection, or as decoration.
  BACKGROUND AREA: The area comprising the message portion of a sign, not including the supporting structure, shall constitute the Background area. When computing the area of sign background, any single piece flat sign shall be calculated by measuring one side even though both sides may be used for advertising. (For example a 4'x 8' flat sign will be considered a 32 square feet background area) For V-shaped signs, or any other three dimensional sign shall have the area of sign background calculated by considering all sides of the sign facing the primary public right-of- way. This is irrespective of whether the back-sides of the signs are used for advertising.
  ·   On pole signs the supporting structure does not count as part of the area of the sign. The area calculated in the wind loads calculation for the pole sign is for all intents and purposes, the background area of the sign.
  ·   On wall signs the background area of the sign is calculated by the following methods depending on which is most reasonably applicable as determined by the city.
  •    If only letters are being put on the wall then the area is computed by drawing rectangles around each letter to enclose the extremities of the  letter, and then calculating the area enclosed within the rectangles.
  •    If a cabinet or flat panel with letters is being put on the wall then the area is the area of the extremities of the flat panel or cabinet like structure.
  •    If an area is painted out in a different shade or color on a wall (not matching the general background of the rest of the building) for advertising with lettering or graphics then the extremities of the entire painted out area will count as advertising area.
  BANNER: Any non-rigid material with or without writing.
  See definition for Off Premise Signs.
  BLANKETING: The partial or complete shutting off of the face of one sign by another sign.
  BUILDING FACE OR WALL: All windows and wall area of a building on one elevation.
  CANOPY SIGN OR MARQUEE SIGN: A sign which is attached parallel to the faces of a canopy or marquee.
  CHANGEABLE COPY PANEL (READER BOARD): A sign display which is characterized by copy or illustration which may be modified at periodic intervals, regardless of the method.
  CONSTRUCTION SIGN: Any sign which warns people of construction or demolition for a project or which describes the project, builder, architect or others involved in the project.
  COPY: Any combination of letters or numbers that are intended to inform, direct or otherwise transmit information.
  DIRECTIONAL SIGN: Any sign which serves to designate the location or direction of any place or area.
  ·   If logos are put on the directional signs they are calculated in the area of the directional sign. In addition the logos must be less area than the directional information to be considered a directional sign.
  FREE STANDING, DETACHED OR GROUND SIGNS: A sign, which is wholly supported by columns or other vertical supports in or upon the ground (not part of building structure)
  FRONTAGE: Distance measured along the property line which fronts upon a street or alley. To constitute frontage, the street or alley must provide access to abutting properties.
  HEIGHT OF SIGN: The distance measured vertically from the finished elevation of the ground where the sign is placed to the highest point of the sign or sign structure, whichever is higher.
  ILLUMINATED SIGN: A sign, which uses a source of light for illumination.
  LIGHTED, DIRECT: Lighting, the source of which is visible to a viewer.
  LIGHTING, FLOOD LIT: Lighting, which is reflected from the surface of a sign or building.
  LIGHTING, INDIRECT OR INTERNAL: Lighting for which the source of light is located in such a manner that the light must travel through a translucent material other than the bulb or tube necessary to enclose the light source, which material has the effect of dispersing the light before it strikes the eye of the viewer.
  OFF-PREMISE SIGN: Any sign used for the purpose of displaying, advertising, identifying or directing attention to a business, service, activity or place including products, or services sold or offered for sale on premise other than on the premises where such sign is displayed. (See section 8-7-4 for regulations).
  PORTABLE SIGN: A sign that is not affixed to the ground or another structure.
  PROJECTING SIGN: A sign that projects from, and is supported by a wall of a building or other structure.
  ·   If a sign is connected to wall it counts as part of wall signage
  ·   If a sign is connected to pole it counts as part of free standing signage
  PUBLIC SERVICE INFORMATION SIGN: A sign which provides general public service information such as time, date, temperature, weather, directional information and messages of interest to the traveling public, and which are commonly used to augment business identification signs.
  REAL, ESTATE OR PROPERTY FOR SALE, RENT OR LEASE SIGN: Any sign pertaining to the sale, lease or rental of land or buildings.
  SUPER GRAPHICS: Any abstract mosaic, mural or painting or graphic art technique or any combination thereof.
  SWINGING SIGN: A sign which is installed on an arm or spar, and which is not permanently fastened to an adjacent wall or upright pole.
  TEMPORARY SIGN: A sign which is intended to be displayed for no more than thirty (30) days consecutively, and is not permanently affixed. All devices such as search lights,
  twirling or sandwich type signs, sidewalk or curb signs and balloons or other air or gas filled figures are allowed, but may not be used more than sixty (60) days in total during any calendar year.
  Temporary signs are only intended for and therefore allowed in non-residential zones.
  ·   Unless otherwise regulated in this code (such as construction sign or real estate or property for sale, rent or lease sign) temporary signs must be reviewed by the planning and zoning administrator or designee for approval before being put up.
  ·   Temporary signs must be recorded and logged in at the city with the approval of the planning and zoning administrator or designee.
  ·   In general, temporary signs are reserved for limited activities important to the citizens of the City of Menan. Signs shall be located outside of the City right-of-way, be 32 sq. ft. or less, and in good taste for the surrounding environment, and must be maintained in good condition as to color, material integrity (fraying, tearing, etc.), and structural alignment.
  ·   Examples of uses of temporary signs are for big events such as the 4th of July City Celebration, Heritage Days, etc., close out sales, going out of business sales, or other events held at limited allotted times of year.
  ·   Signs located within the City right-of-way and authorized by the City are exempt from these regulations.
  UNDER CANOPY OR MARQUEE SIGN: A sign suspended below the ceiling or roof of a canopy or marquee.
  WALL SIGNS: A sign placed on the wall of a building as defined in the Menan City Planning and Zoning Ordinance.
  A) For flat plane building structures the wall area can only be calculated by walls parallel and seen from one standard orthographic elevation view. No other walls can be added to this area in calculating the area of a sign allowed for that wall.
  B) For dome or curved structures the wall signs cannot exceed the prescribed area of the curved or dome like structure as seen from a standard orthographic elevation view.