Some candidates are shelling out more money and reconfiguring signage to comply with a recently modified ordinance in Millcreek Township.
Call it bad timing. An ordinance change in Millcreek is affecting some campaigns, but bringing out their creativity. Have you asked yourself, "Why is the middle cut out of these campaign signs?" Les Fetterman says he is just following the new rules in Millcreek Township.
The township's temporary sign ordinance was modified after the primary election, restricting the height and square footage of the signs. To comply, Fetterman broke out the scissors. Fetterman says, "I had to cut several inches off the top, the bottom... they're double-sided so it wasn't that easy to cut. I had to do some different angles... I cut a rectangle out of the sign and asked zoning not to consider that because there was no square footage to measure".
Fetterman's opponent, Laurie Mikielski did not have to alter her residential signs but tried to delay the changes. She tells us, "I personally asked the supervisors to delay the issue until after the election or put it into effect after the election but they didn't, so it is what it is".
Even though one candidate had to make changes to his smaller signs and another did not, they both are looking at some unexpected expenses by paying the permit fees for the larger signs. Any sign outside of residential areas larger than five square feet requires a permit, at $200 a pop, along with permission from the property owner. But, Mikielski says that wasn't going to stop her from getting her big signs up. "There is a goal we are trying to achieve and that is: win the election and making sure the residents of west Millcreek know we are still in the game."
Millcreek Supervisor John Groh says the ordinance change was required after a supreme court case ruling, applying to any temporary sign. Fetterman says he spent nearly $2,000 on his yard signs and didn't want that to go to waste. The changes let him slip by the rules and are definitely drawing attention.
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