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Some signs declared nuisances in Chambersburg

February 13, 2008|By DON AINES

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - Those plastic or cardboard signs stuck into the ground along roads often declaring that a new business has opened or is hiring will no longer be sprouting up in Chambersburg after the Borough Council this week declared them to be a nuisance.

The council voted unanimously Monday to declare the "off-premise business identification signs" a nuisance and to authorize their removal from public rights of way, a process that began Tuesday, Borough Manager Eric Oyer said.

The council also will amend its code of ordinances to ban the signs, which are typically meant to be temporary advertisements, Oyer said.

Council President William McLaughlin Monday night called the signs "eyesores" that clutter borough streets.

Phil Wolgemuth, the borough's zoning officer, said certain types of temporary signs are allowed outside the public right of way. Those include political signs, real estate signs on lots, real estate signs that point the way to a property and signs at a house where a contractor is working. The posting of those signs is covered in the borough's zoning ordinance, he said.

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Oyer said he picked up about 10 signs on his way into work Tuesday and Department of Public Works employees were also collecting them. The signs will be thrown away, he said.

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