Variance approved for county sign, again

A variance has been approved allowing Pipestone County to install a sign similar to this one at the Pipestone County Fairgrounds at the Pipestone County Government Center Southwest at 1016 Eighth Ave. S.W. A variance was previously approved for a smaller sign at the site. Photo by Kyle Kuphal

Pipestone City Council members during their March 18 meeting approved a variance allowing Pipestone County to erect a sign that is larger than the maximum size allowed by city code at its property at 1016 Eighth Ave. S.W., and repealed a previous variance related to the sign. The Pipestone Board of Appeals and Adjustments recommended approval of the new variance following a public hearing held on March 13.

City code limits signs in residential districts to no more than 12 square feet and the county’s proposed sign will be 44 square feet. The council previously approved a variance for an 18-square-foot sign at the site in January. Pipestone County then requested a new variance for a larger sign.

“They decided they could use a little bigger sign than what we had already approved and I think it’s going to look very nice out there,” said Mayor Dan Delaney. “It fits in with the building and the tract of land there.”

Pipestone County Planning and Zoning Administrator Kyle Krier said the sign will be similar to the one at the Pipestone County Fairgrounds.

The property at 1016 Eighth Ave. S.W. is the former Southwestern Mental Health office building and now houses the Pipestone County Soil and Water Conservation District, the local University of Minnesota Extension office and A.C.E. (Advocate, Connect, Educate) of Southwest Minnesota.