Macon convenience store sign ordinance needs more work, council decides

A proposal to limit signage in Macon convenience store windows should be retooled and returned for more debate, Macon City Council members decided Tuesday.

Councilman Ed DeFore’s effort to make sure at least 75 percent of front store windows are clear of signs will get a work-over from the city attorney’s office.

Council members on the council’s Public Safety Committee expressed several concerns with the original ordinance Tuesday, including what constitutes the front of a store, how the city will enforce the measure and whether the city would be trampling on private enterprise by legislating windowfront advertising.

DeFore said he hopes the measure, which he said was suggested by city police officers, will be approved once it’s been tweaked.

The Public Safety Committee is expected to take up the measure again in about two weeks.