Mayor Reed vetoes Council decision on Carlock Toyota sign

By Robbie Ward/NEMS Daily Journal

TUPELO – Mayor Jack Reed Jr. issued today the first veto of his administration, opposing the Tupelo City Council’s decision to allow a car dealership to install a sign twice the size allowed by city regulations.
The council voted 4-3 Tuesday, narrowly siding with request from Carlock Toyota to allow a sign larger than any other displayed in the Barnes Crossing shopping area.
The city’s planning department and planning commission opposed the larger sign.
In his veto message, Reed said allowing the 48-foot-tall and 170-square-foot wide sign for the company would have created an unfair advantage and could have jeopardized attractiveness of the area.
For the council members to override Reed’s veto, five council members would need to oppose it, requiring at least one councilman to change his mind.
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