PT council to revisit sign ordinance

Published Feb 26, 2013 at 11:23 am (Updated Feb 26, 2013 at 11:23 am)

Just months after enacting an ordinance that strictly regulates digital signs in Peters Township, members of council agreed Feb. 25 to look at the ordinance again, citing advances in technology.

Stacey Pape, of SP Floors in the former Ethan Allen building on Washington Road, asked council to consider an amendment to the current ordinance that would allow multi-color digital signs with graphics. The ordinance now only permits digital signs using two colors – amber and red.

Pape showed council slides of various signs using only the permitted red or amber, followed by photographs of updated signs with graphics in a multitude of colors.

“Digital technology has come a long way,” Pape told council.

Councilman James Berquist said he felt council should revisit the ordinance, but stressed any changes should be consistent.

Councilman Robert Lewis has been vocal in the past in his resistance to digital displays, citing his dislike of signs advertising toilet paper, soft drinks and flu shots. Pape said, if approved, the sign in front of her business would also be used to promote community events. Lewis said others in the township had promised to display event notices. However, only a few actually promote community events. Lewis said consultants have noted that the commercial district is not “up to par” for an affluent community like Peters Township.

“The two most attractive buildings on Route 19 are for dead people,” Lewis said of the two funeral homes – Cremation and Funeral Services by Danielle Andy Belusko and Beinhauer’s.

A majority of council agreed to send the matter of an amended ordinance to the planning commission for review.

In other action, council:

• Approved the final plan of Hill Place Estates involving a two-lot subdivision.

• Approved the final plan of Paul Plan for James and Joan Basco Paul.

• Approved a traffic calming study for Maple Lane not to exceed $3,400.

• Granted a special permit request by the Peters Township High School dance team for a sign on the Arrowhead Trail bridge above East McMurray Road for a dance camp fund raiser March 10.

• Approved a motor vehicle ordinance creating speeds and stop signs for new streets taken over by the township, authorizing a traffic signal on the new portion of Center Church Road at East McMurray Road, and establishing no parking zones along Quail Run. The ordinance permits township police to enforce the areas.

• Announced Michael Silvestri, township manger, is in negotiations with Waste Management for a refund of garbage fees when the company failed to pick up trash during two weeks in December. Silvestri said the refund, the amount of which has not been agreed upon, could be about $6,200. Council will decide once the amount is finalized as to how to distribute the refund. Silvestri said about one fifth of the township was involved and would be eligible for a refund that could be only $2 to $3 per household.

Next meeting: 7:30 p.m. March 11.

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