GLUCKSTADT — County supervisors reversed themselves on Monday and will grant off-premise signs for two new automobile dealerships.

After previously denying off-premises signs for two new Mac Haik dealerships, supervisors reversed direction to grant a special exception to allow for the signs to be placed at the two entrances to Autobahn Loop.

Mac Haik appealed the decision back in March by supervisors and recently lost in Circuit Court.

Supervisors discussed the matter Monday in executive session as part of pending litigation. Supervisors said Mac Haik was planning to appeal its recent loss.

In open session, there was limited discussion on the topic after Board President David Bishop made a motion to move for a finding that a special circumstance existed and the signage was necessary.

Bishop said the dealerships were located away from the road and cannot be seen from Calhoun Station Parkway.

The vote passed 3-2, with District 1 Supervisor Sheila Jones and District 2 Supervisor Trey Baxter voting against.

The board then voted 3-2 to allow for the signs to be placed based on the aforementioned finding by the board.

Back in March, supervisors unanimously voted against allowing off-premises signage for the dealership after Mac Haik requested to place 8-foot directional monuments on Calhoun Station.

The Planning & Zoning Commission unanimously recommended approval back in February before it was sent to supervisors the first meeting in March.

Supervisors, at the time, said the signage was too much.

“You can see those dealerships pretty well,” Bishop said back in March. “If you get off the Interstate, you’ll still see those two big buildings.”

Jones said in March, “I’ve always been able to find a car dealership when I need a car.”

Mac Haik representatives said back in March that when other land develops with commercial businesses they won’t be as noticeable to people driving on Calhoun Station Parkway.

Bishop echoed those sentiments on Wednesday, saying that growth on Calhoun Station Parkway is exploding and they want to plan ahead.

“That’s a fast-growing commercial area,” he said. “Once buildings go in front (of Mac Haik), directional signs will help find where the dealerships are.

Bishop said he changed his mind on the signage because he wants the business to have the ability to operate efficiently and profitably.

“We’re pro-development,” he said. “We want good companies to come in here. (Mac Haik) didn’t ask for anything from Madison County — any incentives. He brought two new dealerships in. It just shows me they believe in what they’re doing and I think we need to support that.”