After extensive negotiations, the Winder City Council on Tuesday night forged a compromise with a downtown restaurateur who had commissioned a 720-square-foot wall sign of a “devil pig” in violation of the city’s sign ordinance.
Michael Welch, owner of Smokin’ PoBoy’s BBQ, called the last-minute resolution of the controversy a “win/win” for all parties. It certainly saved face for him, his painted pig and the city’s elected officials.
The council voted to grant Welch a variance that enables him to have a sign that is 185 square feet in size — 35 square feet bigger than the sign ordinance allows on the exterior walls of downtown buildings.
And Welch agreed to have artist Richard Gnann re-design the sign and to tone down the devilish demeanor of the pig, which after a naming contest has been named “Chief Cecil Sue Wee,” according to the restaurant’s Facebook page.
For the full story, see the Nov. 13 issue of the Barrow Journal.
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