The rules for who can put up a sign, where they can put it up and how it looks could soon be changing in the city of Thibodaux.

On Tuesday, the City Council will hold a public hearing and vote on a few dozen changes to the ordinance. The meeting will begin at 5 p.m. at City Hall, 310 W. Second St.

Thibodaux’s billboards have been the subject of some controversy for a few years now, with calls from the Historic Commission to reduce the number of large signs and those from the business community who rely on them.

The proposed changes were recommended by an administrative committee that was formed in February and had been meeting twice a month. Their final list was presented to and approved by the city’s Planning and Zoning Commission on July 10 with some changes.

Some of the major changes include the rules for political signs, other temporary signs and digital billboards; and which signs are allowed in each zoning district. The penalties and enforcement would also be moved to a new section.

If approved, the new ordinance will prohibit the city from issuing any new billboard permits but would allow for permits to relocate existing billboards. Digital signs would only be allowed in exchange for four existing or permitted signs.

The council will also consider approved an agreement with the Ochsner Clinic Foundation to provide on-site wellness screenings for city employees at a cost of $45 per screening, to be paid by the city’s medical insurance provider.

Staff Writer Julia Arenstam can be reached at 448-7636 or julia.arenstam@houmatoday.com. Follow her on Twitter at @JuliaArenstam.