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By Mary Alford
N-H Staff Writer
Due to violation of Kentucky state law, the Owenton City Council moved to reject the original sign permit granted to Family Billiards and Restaurant in 2011.
Owenton Mayor Doug West said City Attorney Mitzi Evans advised the council to make the motion.
“The planning and zoning ordinance went into effect last July when it was all brought up to date and now, we cannot legally issue a permit for a sign off premises,” West said. “It has to be on your property.”
West said it is also illegal to put any advertisement sign on a right of away.
The sign was located on the corner of Main and West Perry Street in front of McDonald and New Funeral Home.
The motion to reject the permit was made by Gerald Powell and seconded by Robert Osborne.
At this time, council members may not divulge much information due to lawsuits over the issue.
Alfred and Shawna Arrowood, owners of Family Billiards Restaurant, said they were disappointed at the rejection but are still looking for satisfaction on the issue.
“We’re still out of cost on the sign and the city has made no attempt to rectify that. They gave us permission to purchase the sign,” Shawna Arrowood said.
Alfred Arrowood said the sign cost around $8,000 and is now sitting behind their garage.
West said the Owenton Board of Variance gave the Arrowoods permission to move the sign across the street but the owners have yet to do so.
The Arrowoods said that the sign not only brought in money for them but it also brought in money for the town.