A second public official has run into trouble with the Winder Police Department over a violation of the city code. A code enforcement officer in August directed Michael Welch, owner of Smokin’ Po Boys BBQ restaurant, to stop work on a sign that was being painted without a city permit and is seven times the maximum allowable size of a sign in the downtown historic district.
Welch, vice chairman of the Winder Downtown Development Authority, rents space in the building at 67 W. Athens St. from another DDA member, Mace Strickland, who serves as the authority’s secretary/treasurer. Strickland and Welch, in fact, hold one-third of the authority’s volunteer posts.
However, Welch commissioned an artist to create and paint the sign without applying for a mandatory sign permit. He also didn’t seek the required “certificate of appropriateness” from the city’s Historic Preservation Commission.
Welch told the Barrow Journal on Tuesday that when he commissioned artist Richard Gnann III to design and paint the sign, he didn’t realize he had to go through a local regulatory process. But after the stop-work order was issued, he immediately began that process.
For the full story, see the Oct. 7 issue of the Barrow Journal.
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