Council reviews sign law More restrictions for Taneytown?

April 13, 1993|By Traci A. Johnson | Traci A. Johnson,Staff Writer

The Taneytown City Council is reviewing a proposed ordinance that would allow the city to control the size, shape and content of local signs.

City Manager Joseph A. Mangini Jr. introduced the ordinance last night. It would revise the regulations and procedures for installing signs on commercial property.

"This ordinance is more restrictive than the current law," said Mr. Mangini. "This is just a way to control the proliferation of signs in the city."

Mr. Mangini said he introduced the proposal to prevent all kinds of signs from "popping up all over the place" as they have in recent years.

Portable signs, such as those that sit on sidewalks in front of businesses, would still be permitted under the amended law but for no more than 30 days, Mr. Mangini said.

Detached signs could not be erected higher than 15 feet, measured from the sidewalk or the street, whichever is higher.

In other business, several citizens complained that the city's sidewalks were not adequately cleared to allow children to walk to school after the blizzard several weeks ago.

Several council members, Police Chief Melvin Diggs, and Mr. Mangini offered differing opinions about the snow removal service.

But Mayor Pro Tem F. Robert Flickenger, who presided over the meeting in the absence of Mayor Henry I. Reindollar, said he did not want to discuss the subject at last night's meeting.

The council also approved a controversial solicitor's permit ordinance, which has been revised over several months. The new ordinance requires one photo identification rather than two from solicitors seeking permits to sell merchandise in the town.

In its original form, regulation of yard sales also was included. But resident strongly complained that they did not want to have to get permits in order to have yard sales and the council dropped that from the ordinance.

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