Electronic message boards can often be a source of controversy. That's because some motorists say they are a distraction, especially when placed at busy intersections.
But that's exactly what representatives from the new Rock Hill U-Gas are requesting. There will be a public hearing on the matter at the Rock Hill Board of Adjustment meeting which begins at 7 p.m. at Rock Hill City Hall.
The gas station and convenience store is located at the northeast corner of Manchester and McKnight roads, which formerly housed the historic Fairfax House and Rock Hill Presbyterian Church. The U-Gas is currently under construction.
Currently, the city does not allow electronic message boards, which is why U-Gas is requesting a variance. There is an electronic message board at the Rock Hill Walgreens, but that board was erected before the city passed its measure outlawing the boards.
In an email to Patch, Rock Hill Alderman Philip Scherry, Ward 1, said he was very much against the message boards.
"Remember, this is not the same as the gas price sign," he said in the email. "Some people have referred to allowing these signs, as allowing for Time Square or the Las Vegas Strip! I never think it would go that far, as the signs cost over $10,000 each."
But Scherry said it could lead to a board similar to the one at the intersection of Gravois and South Rock Hill Road in Affton, which has received plenty of attention.
He is urging the public to attend tomorrow's meeting to voice its opinion on the proposed message board along Manchester Road.