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Unicoi town board fills vacancy

March 18th, 2014 2:42 pm by Brad Hicks

Unicoi town board fills vacancy

UNICOI — The town of Unicoi Board of Mayor and Aldermen welcomed its newest member Monday.

At the group’s regular meeting, the board unanimously voted to appoint Jeff Linville to serve on the board at least until the November municipal election. Linville will fill the unexpired term of Michael “Bobby” Phillips, who died in January.

Linville, a Unicoi native, was sworn in Monday. He currently works in the insurance field, but Linville previously worked at Scott’s Strawberry & Tomato Farms in Unicoi and served as a commissioner on the Unicoi Water Utility District Board for six years.

Following the meeting, Linville said the town of Unicoi has made much progress over the years and he hopes to be part of its continuing progress.

“I’m just honored that they chose me to fill out Mr. Phillips’ term,” Linville said. “He was a good alderman, and I hope I can meet expectations and continue some of the stuff he got started.”

The board also lent its unanimous approval to an ordinance amending the sign area in the town’s zoning code. Per the ordinance, the area of sign posted in the town shall be measured from its outside edges or sign frame, whichever is greater. If a sign consists of more than one section or module, each will be added together in the computation of the sign area. The maximum square footage permitted for signs will be the total sum per side.

“What this is basically saying is, in our ordinance, we had a 32-square-foot maximum, and we were afraid it would be interpreted as maximum counting both sides,” Unicoi Mayor Johnny Lynch said. “This is to straighten that out and say you can have a sign 32 square foot on each side.”

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