Billboard firm appealing Tarentum’s denial of digital signs near bridge
An advertising company is challenging a Tarentum official’s decision to quash the firm’s plans to put up a digital billboard at the end of the Tarentum Bridge.
The borough’s zoning hearing board is scheduled to hear Oliver Outdoor’s appeal this month.
The Butler-based company is appealing zoning officer Anthony Bruni’s determination that the proposed billboard does not comply with borough zoning rules.
The company wants to put up a pole sign with two LED faces.
About 30,000 vehicles cross the bridge each day, PennDOT spokesman Steve Cowan said.
“The short version of this is that a billboard company wants to erect a digital billboard at the end of the Tarentum Bridge in what is designated a commercial center zoned area,” Bruni said. “Based on my interpretation of the borough zoning ordinance, this is not a permitted use of the land.
“I denied their request to install the billboard and they are appealing my decision to the borough’s zoning hearing board.”
A representative of Oliver Outdoor could not be reached for comment.
Borough officials did not respond to requests for more information regarding the company’s proposal.
The public hearing before the Zoning Hearing Board will start at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, May 29, in council chambers at 318 Second Ave.
Brian C. Rittmeyer is a Tribune-Review staff writer. You can contact Brian at 724-226-4701, [email protected] or via Twitter .