Archbold, OH

Zoning Board Denies Sign Variance To Beck

The Archbold Board of Zoning Appeals denied a request from Joe Beck, owner of Beck Real Estate Holdings, for an electronic sign.

Beck planned to install the sign on the northeast corner of the Beck Insurance Building, at 120 North Defiance Street.

The sign, 4 1/2×8 feet, was to be installed on the Depot Street side of the building, and angled toward North Defiance Street.

The sign would be a highresolution LED device. It would display static (non-moving) screen shots, or video.

The current zoning code requires a variance for digital signs. Beck’s request was for such a variance.


Minutes from the zoning board meeting said Beck told board members he would have the sign display advertising for Beck Insurance and civic announcements, but he also planned to sell advertising space and time on the sign to other companies.

In section 152.122 (E), the village zoning ordinance states, “No building wall shall be used for display of advertising except that (which) pertains to the use carried on within such building.”

If board members granted the variance, they would be required to amend the request to cover the “no advertising” portion of the zoning code.

When asked, Beck said he would not install the sign if advertising for other businesses were not allowed.

He said the sign costs $12,000. Advertising revenue would be required to help pay for the sign.


Tim Smith, zoning board chairman, said there had been questions about the safety of the electronic sign.

Carma Grime, village zoning inspector, said Martin Schmidt, police chief, and Thom Ross, assistant chief, were both out of town, but three officers were questioned.

All agreed that because the sign would be so close to the North Defiance Street- Stryker Street intersection, it would be a traffic nuisance.

Rich Winzeler, board member, made the motion to deny the variance. The board voted unanimously to deny the request.

All zoning board members were present for the meeting. No further meetings of the Board of Zoning Appeals have been scheduled.

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