Township Considering Limited Digital Sign Ordinance

The Planning Board was given first look Dec. 12 at a proposed ordinance allowing limited use of digital signs in the township.

An ordinance that would allow the limited use of digital signs is making its way through the township approval process.

The Planning Board got the first look at it during its Dec. 12 meeting. The ordinance will then go to the Township Council, which is expected to introduce it in early January.

The proposed ordinance will return to the Planning Board for another review before it comes up for a public hearing and final vote before the Council.

The ordinance would allow digital signs “for schools, fire houses, first aid squads, public libraries and federal, state and local governments,” Vince Dominach, the township’s economic development director, told the Planning Board.

The signs would have to conform to current regulations regarding issues such as size and placement, he said.

“We still won’t allow them to have any smoke, rotate, or move or any type of thing,” he said.

Dominach said he calls the ordinance the “Carl Ordinance,” after Public Works Manager Carl Hauck, because “for over a decade he’s been bugging to have a sign in this building and public works to give the public information, and while we can violate our own ordinances, the policy of the township has always been with regard to the signage, we didn’t want to have one if no one else could.”

“So this is going to allow the public entities to have this type of signage to educate the public in a much greater manner and much quicker manner, so when Carl has 15 different things in public works he can change them every five minutes,” Dominach said.

Dominach said the Board of Education has permit applications in to install digital signs at two schools, but “we cannot approve them until this ordinance is put into effect.”

Dominach said the ordinance should be finalized by the end of January or beginning of February.

“This is pretty long-overdue,” board chairman Michael Orsini said. “Most school systems, most first responders, police, volunteer fire (departments) have long had these kind of things.”


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