Fayetteville council sues city board over signs
Posted May 4, 2009 10:38 a.m. EDT
Updated May 4, 2009 12:50 p.m. EDT
FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. — Fayetteville is suing one of its own boards over the size of two business signs the board approved.
The Fayetteville City Council filed a lawsuit against the city's Board of Adjustment in March. The board allowed a medical clinic on Perdue Drive to have two signs totaling 132 square feet. A city ordinance limits signs to 48 square feet.
The sign company owner said he misinterpreted the city ordinance when he erected the signs. But the lawsuit asks a judge to reverse the board's decision.
City planning director Jimmy Teal said the lawsuit is a first. He said he hasn't seen anything similar in his 28 years working with the city.
A city spokesman said the suit was necessary to allow the City Council to revisit the decision.
The city is paying legal fees for the board.