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Waynesboro businessman, township supervisors make peace over box trucks

December 19, 2011|By JENNIFER FITCH | waynesboro@herald-mail.com
  • Is it Spider-Man? No, it's just a mannequin that was part of Harry Morningstar Jr.'s advertising for the Furniture Market of Waynesboro, Pa. This display was on Pa. 16 a few miles west of Waynesboro when it was shot in March.
By Jennifer Fitch/Reporter

WAYNESBORO, Pa. — Maybe it was the spirit of the season that allowed the Washington Township (Pa.) Supervisors and a Waynesboro businessman to put to rest an issue that divided them most of the year.

Harry Morningstar Jr., the owner of Furniture Market, and the supervisors have been at odds over logo-splashed box trucks he uses for furniture deliveries and advertising.

The supervisors initially told Morningstar that the Furniture Market’s trucks, which had mannequins affixed to them, violated ordinances concerning off-premise signs and nuisance signs.

Then, in September, they denied him portable sign permits for two of his trucks. Some of the board members said they think the entire truck is part of the sign, meaning the sign would exceed the 12 square feet allowed by local ordinance.

In November, the township sent Morningstar a cease-and-desist letter regarding four trucks he had parked in the township without portable sign permits. He said two trucks were being serviced at a mechanic’s shop and two were parked with “for sale” signs at other locations.

The two sides attempted to make peace at the beginning of Monday’s supervisors meeting.

Wearing a red sweater vest and a Santa Claus pin, Morningstar told the five supervisors they are good people. He said comments can occasionally affect someone the wrong way.

“We don’t mean to be thumbing our noses,” Morningstar said.

Stephen Kulla, chairman of the supervisors, told Morningstar to use his common sense when parking vehicles in the township in the future. He said it’s OK to make deliveries or have trucks repaired for appropriate periods of time.

“We’re concerned, if everyone took the same route as you, ... what the township would look like,” Kulla said when trying to explain the board’s position about the trucks as signs.

Morningstar offered his cellphone number to township staff to address future concerns.

“If a truck offends you, I’ll send someone out to move it,” he said.

Morningstar should feel welcome to utilize township mechanics’ services, Supervisor Elaine Gladhill said.

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