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March 3, 2014

New Qdoba receives sign variance from council

EDMOND — A sign variance for Qdoba Mexican Grill was approved 4-1 recently by the Edmond City Council. Councilwoman Elizabeth Waner voted against the variance.

City Planner Bob Schiermeyer said the monument sign would be bolted over a utility easement on the property at 1300 W. Covell Road. The site is west of the Uptown Market and east of the dental office of Dr. Damon Johnson.

“It’s in a utility easement that primarily has a sewer,” Schiermeyer said. “It recently, now, has a waterline with a development that serves Qdoba,” Schiermeyer said.

The engineering department has worked to revise the plan to include only one post instead of the two support posts that appeared in the council’s information packet.

“We have a little tight location with the sewer and the water in close proximity,” Schiermeyer said. “So we’ve agreed to amend it from the two to one structure with the proper pole cover.”

Johnson’s sign has not been constructed. Water and sewer utilities would be separated on different sides of the post.

Only two similar sign variances have been approved by the council — one for Johnson’s office and the other at Uptown Market. So the city has not had an opportunity to do utility work at an existing sign, Schiermeyer said to Waner. No other utilities would be affected by the variance.

“Steve, do you actually look at them to see if this could be done?” Waner asked City Engineer Steve Manek.

The sewer would not be gushing 30 feet up in the air like a water line would be, Manek said. So any possible work on the sewer would be easy to do, he said.

The water line is a small line to support the sprinkler system but would not interfere with a fire hydrant, Manek said.

Councilwoman Victoria Caldwell said the small water line would be the responsibility of the applicant to fix if a leak would occur.

“My only concern was if it was an emergency at midnight or 1 a.m. in the morning, and nobody is there with the right wrench,” Waner said.

If a leak occurs and nobody is there, Manek said the city could turn off the water valves until the line is fixed.

The sign would be built so that it can be dismantled in case of an emergency, Schiermeyer said.

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