Tuesday, May 08, 2012

The Almanac: Mt. Lebanon divided on sign ordinance

When Mt. Lebanon Commission President David Brumfield introduced the idea of corporate advertising signs being permitted and regulated in new areas of the municipality, commissioners hoped it would be a source of revenue for Mt. Lebanon.

But the Mt. Lebanon Planning Board has concerns about the ordinance, and on March 27, the planning board voted against recommending adoption of the proposed ordinance.

At the commissioners April 23 meeting, a public hearing was held that allowed members of the planning board and residents to voice their opinions about the ordinance.

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Blogger Stephanie Fedro-Byrom said...

It is 2012, and it is time to get with the times. If we want to avoid tax increases while at the same time maintaining the level of community resources that Mt. Lebanon residents expect, sponsorship is key. I think most people expect when they go to a field these days that they will see signs. It is a sign of the times (pun fully intended!). If the zoning board were concerned with the appearance of our community, their first step should be to have Dollar General tear down the rusted, falling apart Rite Aid drive through that is on a main entrance into our community. It is an eyesore. Well planned signage at our ball fields will not be!

May 09, 2012 7:11 AM  
Anonymous Kelly Fraasch said...

Last evening was the the first Commission meeting that involved any real “controversy”. After hearing from numerous residents and having conversations with staff and other
commissioners, I heard a lot of different perspectives. There were a
number of people that had very similar questions regarding exactly how this
ordinance would be enacted. Who would benefit? Who is responsible for
getting the advertising dollars? Where exactly does the revenue go? After
discussions with our solicitor there were a few amendments that were attached
to the ordinance which allowed me to support it. Passing of this
ordinance is the first step in a process that will include reviewing policies
and regulations regarding such signs. You will see future discussion on exactly
those topics.

One of my top goals as commissioner is to find new revenue sources. I
believe a sign sponsorship has the potential to bring in additional funds that
will benefit all of Mt. Lebanon.

Please feel free to contact me anytime if you have any feedback regarding this ordinance or any other community topics. 412.580.7665 or kfraasch@mtlebanon.org

May 09, 2012 4:36 PM  
Anonymous David Brown said...

You could imagine that allowing one project that seems limited and simple enough all by itself might open the door to future projects we might not really want. So, maybe we should decide as a group on the kinds of things we can tolerate and those we couldn't, and use that as a basis for a policy against which to evaluate any specific advertising proposal. We should do this without hiring a consultant. We should also consider the overhead that managing various advertising contracts incurs, particularly because once you have created a program, there is an incentive to spread the overhead over more and more projects. Also, it's the sort of thing that's very difficult to change your mind on later, once things have progressed so far.

May 09, 2012 9:02 PM  

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