Peters Township Council agreed to allow the community’s firefighters to install an electronic sign outside its fire department on East McMurray Road.
The volunteer fire department wants to place the $22,000 electronic sign board inside its entrance marquee to make motorists and residents aware of fundraisers and community events.
But not everyone on council is happy with the signs. Councilman Robert Lewis voted against the motion because he thinks the electronic signs are “ugly.”
He said other electronic signs in the township, such as the one outside the Walgreens on Route 19, were sold as community outreach opportunities, but usually just advertise products.
“I’m going to vote no because I object to these signs, period,” Lewis said. “I think they’re ugly. I don’t think they serve any purpose. They are not a generator to traffic of these places. We are allowing our township to…”
“To move into the 21st Century?” Councilwoman Monica Merrell said before he could finish.
“No,” Lewis responded. “They’re ugly.”
But the other council members had no problem with the signs as long as the fire department was paying for the installation costs.
“They’re not controversial,” Councilman Gary Stiegel said.
Merrell said she was only concerned about who would decide what content appeared on the sign. Council Chairman Frank Arcuri said approval would ultimately come from the township.
“I just don’t want them advertising businesses.” Merrell said.
The council approved the request 6-to-1 during its Monday night reorganization meeting with Lewis voting against the motion.
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