The issue of granting certificates of appropriateness for signs was discussed by members of the Waxahachie Heritage Preservation Commission during their meeting Wednesday.

Members looked at the historic value of the different poles for both Tire Town and the Dog House. A hanging wall frame for a sign that was attached to the warehouse for Happy’s Home Furnishings also was briefly discussed, but no action was taken on it because it was not on the agenda for action. The board also had not approached the owner to see if he is going to use it in the future.

“Tire Town had submitted this rendering of a square sign, but I presented the rendering to the planning and zoning commission at their last meeting,” downtown development director Anita Williamson said.

“Some members suggested that the sign needed to be round to reflect what they sell. So they are going to be doing a round sign and are having a rendering made up but didn’t have it ready in time for this meeting,” she said.

Members voted to continue the item until the next meeting in fairness to other applicants who have had to go back and submit other renderings in the past for previous projects. 

The pole sign the stands on the corner in front the Dog House on Elm Street was the other sign up for consideration for a certificate of appropriateness.

The frame and pole for the sign were constructed in 1956 and have had no structural changes.

“The frame for the sign is historic. But it is difficult to regulate what is in it because it has got to represent that business,” board member Shannon Simpson said.

The board voted to approve the certificate.

In other business, members approved the reapplications for 53 properties to receive historic tax exemptions.

One property, located at 400 Briggs St., was tabled in lieu of obtaining a historic photo and other information about the property.

Members also approved a final certificate of appropriateness for the Nay Construction Company building, located at 423 S. College St., which has finished its restoration.

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