COVINGTON TWP. – During the board of supervisors meeting on February 7, the discussion turned to a change in the ordinance that restricts the use of signage in the township.
That discussion has come up in subsequent meetings, as changes were suggested to curb outsized political signs.
Zoning code enforcement officer Bill Wright brought up the prevalence of outdated signage, especially in regards to recent elections, in the township.
Part of the issue is the use of tractor trailers to advertise people running for office. Not only are they a large form of advertising, they also present a problem when left up long after they are relevant.
“It's not typical to have the size of the signs grow as rapidly as they have. I just recommend because there are other people who are running for office who also want to put tractor trailers in our township.”
Wright made a recommendation to limit the size of signs to 4 x 8 feet maximum by making an amendment in the current sign ordinance.
“Personally I think the board should review our sign ordinance, because there's a lot of signs that are illegal in the township right now that are illegal in other townships,” said Supervisor Tom Yerke.
“The sign ordinance is extensive... maybe too extensive,” said Wright. “I agree with Tom that it would not to have our board sit down and review that ordinance. But that's one thing I think you should consider adding.”
The current extensive sign ordinance, which covers about five pages of the Zoning Ordinance, appears on the Covington Township website.
The various stipulations in the ordinance cite such requirements as a sign not being closer than five feet from the road and the removal of signs when their purpose for display is no longer valid.
Bill Wright completed the updated wording for the board who reviewed and okayed it. The change will need to go through a hearing before it can be officially approved.