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Signing, zoning top Jefferson City Council agenda
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The Jefferson City Council is expected to take action on several issues, including appointing a new mayor pro tempore, when the group meets at 6 tonight.

The mayor pro tempore serves as a fill-in should Jefferson Mayor Jim Joiner be unable to attend a City Council meeting.

During its Jan. 12 work session, the council discussed appointing Councilman Roy W. Plott to fill the position, but no vote was taken.

The City Council also is expected to vote on updating the city’s sign ordinances to address new technologies like electronic message boards. The proposed changes would set "a minimum and maximum illumination level" and require signs have a "dimmer mechanism that reduces lighting at dusk."

Existing signs would be exempt if council approves new regulations; those signs would fall under new rules only if owners wanted to change the structures.

The city is not considering making changes in the sign ordinances about billboards.

Several rezoning requests are also on the agenda for the meeting, including a request from Harvest Chapel Ministries for a 1.12 acre property at 2106 Old Pendergrass Road. Instead of rezoning for a Dollar General Store, Harvest Chapel now is seeking approval for an age 55-plus apartment community.

The group also is expected to discuss installing several red light traffic cameras throughout Jefferson. The meeting will be held at the Jefferson Civic Center, 65 Kissam St.