South Fayette Township bans new lighted signs

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South Fayette has banned installation of new lighted signs in the township.

The ordinance prohibits electronic message-center-type signs, including but not limited to light-emitting diode, or LED, signs.

It restricts signs that move or emit sound; signs that have characteristics that could interfere with or be confused with traffic control signals; and signs that illuminate adjacent streets or properties.

The commissioners on May 14 voted 3-0, with two members absent, to approve zoning regulations prohibiting such new signs.

“Aesthetically, I think it will be better,” Commissioner Deron Gabriel said.

Existing signs would be allowed to remain, township manager Ryan Eggleston said.

They would be “absolutely grandfathered in, so … we’re not removing any of those signs,” he said.

Following several businesses’ recent requests for LED signs, township staff researched how other communities have addressed the signs, Mr. Eggleston said.

“We’re really modeling our ordinance after Upper St. Clair’s,” he said.

Gas stations are allowed to mount permanent electronic signs advertising fuel prices if the sign tops are no more than 12 feet high and if up to two sign faces cover no more than 12 square feet each.

Time and temperature signs generally are permitted.

In other business, commissioners approved spending up to $288,000 to pave roads in the Fairview Manor neighborhood. Peter J. Caruso & Sons Inc. of Pittsburgh had submitted the lowest of seven bids for the road work.

Also, Nancy Degenhardt was hired as township finance director, Mr. Eggleston said. A certified public accountant, she has dealt with clients in the private and public sectors.

Andrea Iglar, freelance writer:

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