A committee created by the Carroll County commissioners has recommended an immediate moratorium on billboards, a ban on flashing signs, and the addition of landscaping at "gateways," the places where motorists enter the county.
As drivers on Route 140 cross into Carroll from Reisterstown, for example, they glimpse the pristine beauty of Liberty Reservoir. Then, as they approach Finksburg, they're greeted by strip malls and a collection of billboards.
Many people think this gateway to Carroll is unsightly.
"Billboards adversely affect the appearance of the county," said Donald Hoffman, chairman of the Gateway Committee. "We felt strongly there should be an immediate moratorium on the billboards while the county decides what to do with them."
The committee was formed in April and has written a 21-page report about all of Carroll's entry points in Mount Airy, Hampstead, Sykesville, Union Bridge and Finksburg. It hopes commissioners will embrace its ideas and invest in improvements.
The seven-member committee , consisting of business owners, town officials and residents, will present its report to the commissioners at 7 p.m. Tuesday at the County Office Building in Westminster.