Filming for the last episode of Season 8 of “The Walking Dead” is set to begin Friday.
The filming should wrap up by Nov. 22, said Mike Riley, location manager for the show.
Riley asked the Senoia City Council for permission to close a portion of Seavy Street on Nov. 20 for potential filming. The closure will be along the area of Seavy between Johnson Street and Hwy. 85, and was requested for 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Actual filming of the scene will only take an hour or hour and a half, Riley said. And it may not take place on Seavy Street at all.
That will depend on the scheduling of other filming, Riley said. If filming is taking place at the Alexandria set at the Gin Property downtown, Seavy Street will be used. If filming is taking place at the studio on Chestlehurst Road, Crook Road will probably be used, Riley said.
Also on Monday, the Senoia City Council approved final passage of the city’s new sign ordinance. The ordinance is more detailed than the previous one, and includes billboard prohibitions that should stick.
The city’s previous sign ordinance defined billboards based partially on the content of the sign’s message.
That was a problem, because content-based sign regulations aren’t lawful, and sign ordinances aren’t allowed to favor commercial speech over non-commercial speech, under case law.
That meant that the city council didn’t have a legal leg to stand on when a billboard company, Railroad LLC, asked to erect a billboard in the city. On the advice of attorneys, the Senoia City Council voted in June to approve the billboard on Ga. Hwy. 16 across from the Cumberland Village shopping center. The council then immediately put a moratorium into place on most sign permits, so that a new ordinance could be crafted.
The billboard that was approved will be a two-sided, V-shaped sign.
The old ordinance defines a billboard as “an outdoor, off-site sign.” An off-site sign is defined as a sign that is not located on the premises of the business or entity indicated or advertised on the sign, or a sign which advertises or calls attention to something that is not related to the premises where the sign is located.
Under the new ordinance, a billboard is defined as a ground sign over 35 square feet or a wall sign larger than what the ordinance allows.
The second reading of the ordinance was approved unanimously Monday night by the city council.
At the first reading of the ordinance, resident Karen Allen asked about “sandwich signs” in front of businesses. “I think you should work on it to say how long they should stay and how many should be in front of one building,” said Allen, who called the proliferation of signs “ridiculous.”
The old ordinance defines sandwich/sidewalk signs, but doesn’t list any regulations specific to them.
In the new ordinance, the signs can be placed on the sidewalk in front of the premises to which they related and within six feet of the entrance. Only one sign is allowed per premises. The signs can only be placed where at least five feet of unobstructed sidewalk is available for pedestrians, and the signs must be taken inside when the business is closed. The signs can’t be more than four feet high and two feet wide.
In other meeting business:
• The city approved a contract with Commercial Sweeping Company for a one-time sweeping of 62.2 miles of city streets. Under current stormwater rules, streets much be swept once a year. But soon the city will be required to do it two or three times a year, said City Manager Harold Simmons.
The cost will be $5,790.
Another company, Sweep and Maintenance, gave bids for monthly service as well as one-time service, Simmons said.
Simmons recommended that the council approve the one-time service and look into the city purchasing its own street-sweeping equipment and doing the work in-house.