Trinity Lutheran Chuch gets OK to upgrade sign
By Kitty Conley email@example.com April 2, 2013 12:16PM
Updated: April 2, 2013 1:09PM
CROWN POINT — The Board of Zoning Appeals on March 25 gave approval to Trinity Lutheran Church to replace and upgrade the sign that has been in front of the church for over 20 years.
It had to be replaced because it was destroyed as the results of a two-car crash that took place in December, 2012. When the cars collided at the intersection of South Street and Indiana Avenue when one car went into the light pole and the other traveled across the grass and destroyed the sign and did some damage to the brick base that held up the sign.
Gary Dinkleman from Trinity said that the church had been considering an electronic sign, but the existing sign was in great shape, so they had not wanted to spend the money. After the sign was destroyed in the crash the time had come.
The sign that had been sitting there for the past two decades was a non-conforming sign because of size and number of signs on the property. There is one on U.S. 231 and this main sign in front of the church.
Gary Sign Co. put up the original sign and will make a new sign with an electronic reader board, where the old letter board had been. The size will remain the same. According to Paul Grochowski of Gary Sign, with this electronic message board, the message can be changed from inside the church.
The old brick base will be fixed and used again, and the shape and layout of the new sign will take up the same height and width of the old sign. The sign itself, not including the base, is 5 feet by 10 feet. Including the base is 6 ½ feet tall including the cross on the top of the frame.
The variance required the property owner to show a harship to justify a project outside the zoning code. Board member John Marshall said, “The hardship is that the old sign got run over.”
It was approved 3-0 with two members absent.