Sign of the times: supervisors remind about rules

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Those placing signs are asked to follow the rules, officials say

By Kelli Siehl, Staff Writer, The Times

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Although only a few campaign signs have popped up on the grass triangle at Route 52, Unionville-Lenape Road and Wawaset Road, township officials are reminding those placing the signs that rules govern where — and when they can be placed.

POCOPSON — Along with warm weather, Spring brings outdoor sports, community fundraisers, and the primary election on May 21: which tends to mean one thing — campaign signs.

During a recent township Board of Supervisors meeting, officials discussed the barrage of lawn signs popping up on private and township properties advertising sports groups, non-profit events and political candidates.

The number of political signs will multiply over the next week as the May 21 primary election draws near. Volunteers blanketing the area should know:

  • Political signs for an upcoming election may not be placed more than 30 calendar days before the election and have to be removed within seven calendar days after the election.
  • Sign display area should not exceed four square feet, the height should not exceed 4 ½ feet from ground to the top of the sign and the sign must be placed at least 5 feet from the street right-of-way.
  • Signs may only be displayed on private property with consent by the property owner.

Temporary signs for government, historic and nonprofit organizations:

  • Are permitted no more than 21 calendar days before an advertised event and must be removed within five calendar days after the conclusion of the event. Signs may not be posted for more than 30 calendar days.
  • Sign display area should not exceed 10 square feet in total, the height should not exceed 4 ½ feet from the ground to the top of sign and the sign must be placed at least 5 feet from the street right-of-way.
  • Signs may not be illuminated.

Township officials may remove any sign violating the township sign ordinance at the expense of the owner. For further information, see the Pocopson Township ecode at: http://ecode360.com/6539228, at www.pocopson.org, stop by the township office at 740 Denton Hollow Road, or call 610-793-2151.

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