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Chambersburg to confiscate signs too close to streets

August 05, 2011

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. — Chambersburg officials will include notices in this month's utility bills notifying residents of the borough's intention to confiscate signs placed too close to streets.

Once the notices are distributed, public works employees will begin removing signs and taking them to the borough garage on Loudon Street.

Borough Manager Jeffrey Stonehill said there is a law prohibiting the placement of signs in rights of way because such obstructions can be dangerous.

The right of way is defined as the area under control of the borough just to the side of a public street. The area generally includes the grassy strip between the sidewalk and the curb, or about 4 to 6 feet from the street.

Since 2008, Chambersburg has had an ordinance prohibiting the placing of signs too close to the street for safety reasons. This includes placing signs on telephone poles, traffic-sign poles and garbage cans, all of which usually are within the right of way.

According to the notice, no signs, other than traffic signs, are authorized in this area, including real-estate signs, yard-sale signs, political signs and lost-animal signs.

In Chambersburg, signs are permitted behind the sidewalk and not on a pole. The size, illumination and placement of signs also might be regulated by zoning laws.

Residents who have signs confiscated may call the borough service center at 717-263-4111 for details on how to get them back before they are recycled.

For more information, call the borough's planning and zoning administrator at 717-261-3232.

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