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Chambersburg Council to discuss changing vendor laws

July 11, 2007|By DON AINES

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - Setting up businesses or signs on streets and sidewalks would be restricted under two amendments to ordinances that will be discussed at the July 23 meeting of the Chambersburg Borough Council.

One proposed amendment to the streets and sidewalks ordinance would outlaw vendors occupying space on any street, alley, sidewalk, municipal parking lot or any other property controlled by the borough. It also would be unlawful for signs to be placed on streets, sidewalks and other borough property.

There are a number of exceptions geared to special events, such as downtown festivals, as long as owners and renters do not object to vending in front of their businesses and it does not obstruct pedestrian traffic. Businesses also could get a permit for a sidewalk sale in front of their stores twice a year for up to two days, according to the proposed amendment.

Flower and plant vendors, and food and beverage sales by nonprofit organizations would also be permitted, again with the permission of the business in front of where the vending will be done and as long as the sidewalks are not obstructed. Food sales would also require a health license from the borough.

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The other proposed amendment to the vehicles and traffic ordinance would make it unlawful for vehicles with advertising on them to be parked on streets and municipal parking lots for more than 24 hours.

"The streets are to be used for travel and parking, not vending," borough solicitor Thomas Finucane told the council. Signs and parked vehicles bearing advertising have become a problem at the Loudon Street parking lot, he said.

Exceptions would be for contractors and tradesmen who might have to park company vehicles at a work site for more than a day and vehicles with signs totaling less than four square feet, according to the amendment.

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