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Sharpsburg continues considering sign rules

| Wednesday, March 26, 2014, 9:00 p.m.

Sharpsburg officials continue to shape an ordinance for signs in the borough.

Council began discussing the possibility of limiting flashing signs last month.

Under a possible set of rules, some existing signs would be grandfathered in and could remain.

The ordinance would cover flashing and animated signs and could include how long signs could be lit.

Councilman Matthew Rudzki said he would like to see some limit on when signs could be on. He cited safety as one reason to examine flashing signs.

“I don't have a problem with illuminated signs, just ones that cause you to look away from the road,” Rudzki said.

The rules also would cover tarp signs. Those would not be allowed in the business district and their sizes would be limited in residential areas under the current draft.

Council President Karen Pastor said getting rid of tarp signs would help the borough aesthetically.

“It takes away from the business district when you have those,” Pastor said. “It doesn't look nice.”

Councilman Greg Domian said officials might want to closely examine the rules on tarp signs noting that some might be fine in certain areas. Rudzki said the borough should be consistent in its rules.

“You can't sacrifice the good of the whole for one circumstance or one individual. This is about cleaning up the town,” Rudzki said.

Officials plan to continue discussing the ordinance next week with the borough's solicitor before advertising. Sharpsburg originally drafted a sign ordinance in 2000 but it was never enacted by council.

Tom McGee is an associate editor for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 412-856-7400, ext. 1513, or tmcgee@tribweb.com.

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