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Business owners asked a committee to toss out La Grange’s sign ordinance Jan. 10, complaining the ordinance, which many call “anti-business,” deters growth and economic development in the city. More than 30 business owners suggested members of the ordinance review committee create a grandfather clause to protect pre-existing signs. Many also complained about selective enforcement and a lack of communication between the city council and business community. The committee includes Wally Nay, Lucy Ricketts, Tadd Humble and Debbie Pollard. Deana Epperly Karem, executive director of the Oldham County Chamber of Commerce, stepped into the debate, presenting a list of items in the ordinance she believes the committee should change. Karem also pointed out that the strict ordinance, which prohibits signs large enough to view from Interstate 71, will deter prospective businesses from coming to La Grange. Karem’s suggestions include revising the current grandfather clause, permitting illuminating signs and keeping stringent sign regulations within the historic district of La Grange, but not throughout in the city. The committee hopes to revise the ordinance and present a new draft to the city council on Feb. 4.