[HISTORY: Adopted by the Board of Supervisors of the Township of Tobyhanna 9-8-2008 by Ord. No. 470. Amendments noted where applicable.]
[Amended 12-13-2010 by Ord. No. 490]
It is and it shall be the duty of each and every owner, trustee, lessee, agent, occupant, and possessor of each and every house, building, or other structure located in Tobyhanna Township, whether on a public or private roadway, to cause the house, building or other structure to be numbered with its official building number assigned by Tobyhanna Township. The building number sign shall be affixed to the structure and also installed on an approved post and/or mount at the intersection of the driveway and the roadway right-of-way when required by this chapter. The number shall be permanently posted and affixed as set forth herein. All persons required to number existing houses, buildings, or other structures shall contact Tobyhanna Township and secure an assigned building number.
[Amended 12-13-2010 by Ord. No. 490]
The building number shall be placed at the following locations on the subject property:
For all houses, buildings or other structures, the building number shall be conspicuously placed on the house, building or structure on or over the front door, the front transom bar, the front transom glass, or on the front show window, and/or over or on either side of the entrance, in accordance with the requisite building codes; and
For all houses, buildings or other structures, the building number shall also be placed, in addition to the aforementioned house, building or structure location, on a clearly visible and approved post, mount, or other similar approved structure located on the subject property where the driveway intersects the Township and/or state and/or private roadway right-of-way. For houses, buildings and/or other structures within 30 feet of a roadway, and for townhouses, condominiums and/or apartments, the building number sign post mount may be placed in an alternate location and/or form if approved and deemed appropriate by the Township and/or the authorized Township enforcement officer.
The building number sign shall be of paint, metal, enamel, or vinyl acceptable to the Township. The color of the building number sign numerals shall be reflective white. The building number shall be of sufficient size and in full view, so as to be identifiable and readable from the opposite side of the street or road adjacent to the subject property. Building numbers shall be positioned such that snow, leaves, tree branches, or other such impediments shall not impair the visibility required by this chapter. The building number sign identifying the building or other structure shall also comply with the following regulations:
The numerals shall be at least four inches in height and spaced in a manner so that the reader can easily read the numbers.
The numbers may be displayed either horizontally or vertically as set forth below.
The numbers shall be in reflective white numerals, unless otherwise required and/or approved by the Township for purposes of visibility, and shall be visible from both directions on the roadway.
The background of the building number sign located on the house, building or other structure shall contrast with the reflective white numerals.
The background of the building number sign placed on a post, mount or other similar approved structure shall be reflective green in color so that the reflective white numbers are visible. The shade of green shall be acceptable to the Township and shall be uniform throughout the Township, unless otherwise approved by the Township.
Affixing and installation; location.
For every house, building or other structure, the building number sign shall be affixed at an approved location on the house, building or structure in accordance with this chapter.
The building number sign shall also be installed on an approved post or mount at a location where the driveway intersects the private and/or township and/or state roadway right-of-way in a manner acceptable to the Township, unless otherwise approved by the Township as set forth herein.
The building number sign shall be easily visible by emergency responders as they approach the subject property and from either direction on the roadway.
The height of the building number sign installed on an approved post or mount shall be at least four feet but no greater than six feet from the ground surface. The bottom of the sign shall not be lower than four feet from the existing grade level.
Unless otherwise approved by the Township, the building number sign installed on an approved post or mount shall be mounted on one of the following configurations:
If the building number sign post and/or mount is knocked down and/or removed and/or otherwise covered by an unforeseen occurrence, the owner of the subject property shall repair and/or reinstall the building number sign within five days of the occurrence.
It shall be unlawful to cover any building number sign with any other sign, drapery or other obstruction tending to conceal such building number, and all inaccurate, obsolete or nonconforming building numbers shall be removed from any property, house, building or other structure when a new number has been assigned or when so directed by the Tobyhanna Township Zoning Officer or other designated Township representative.
[Amended 5-11-2009 by Ord. No. 479]
All persons required to number buildings, as set forth herein, shall install the requisite building number signs for existing houses, buildings, or structures on or before 180 days from the date Monroe County completes its countywide 911 public safety plan, said date to be determined by the Township by way of a resolution. The owners of new structures, those structures constructed after the date this Ordinance No. 479 is executed by the Board of Supervisors, shall procure a building number sign as part of the normal building permit process. New structures shall be numbered within 30 days after completion of the structure.
For purposes of this chapter, the term "roadway" shall mean any and all public and/or private roads, streets, lanes, drives, avenues, easements and/or other similar rights-of-way used for vehicular traffic.
All roadways within Tobyhanna Township, whether they be publicly dedicated and publicly maintained, publicly dedicated and privately maintained, or private and privately maintained, having two or more habitable structures or residences located adjacent thereto, either at the time of the signing of this chapter or any time in the future, including but not limited to all existing and future mobile home parks, shall apply for and/or be assigned by the Township a designated roadway name that shall be placed on the Township's Official Map, if said map exists, and used to identify the roadway on an approved roadway sign. Assignment of roadway names shall be in conformity with the Code of Tobyhanna Township.
Any such designation of a privately maintained roadway shall not impose any obligation or liability upon the Township for the maintenance, inspection or improvement of said roadway. Such privately maintained roadways shall be privately maintained unless such roadway is brought up to the Tobyhanna Township street design and construction standards detailed in the Code of Tobyhanna Township, offered for dedication and accepted by the Township pursuant to the Second Class Township Code.
All roadways within Tobyhanna Township, both public and private, shall be properly marked with roadway signs in a manner and form acceptable to the Township, and said signs shall comply with the following specifications:
The sign and pole on which the sign is mounted shall be made of a material and installed in a manner approved by the Township and shall meet the approved current Township and/or Pennsylvania Department of Transportation standards and specifications for street and/or road signs as set forth within the current edition of the Manual on Uniform Traffic Control Devices, as amended (MUTCD).
The text of the sign shall be six inches in height, with letters complying with the applicable MUTCD standards adopted by the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation and spaced in a manner so it is identifiable and readable from both sides of the roadway. The sign face shall be eight inches in height exclusive of the border, if any.
[Amended 12-13-2010 by Ord. No. 490]
The text shall be in reflective white letters and/or numbers in accordance with the minimum retroreflectivity requirements of MUTCD, as amended.
The sign shall be located on a ten-foot tall pole.
The background of the sign shall contrast in color from the reflective white text so that the text of the sign is more visible in accordance with MUTCD, as amended.
The signs shall be mounted at each roadway intersection in accordance with MUTCD, as amended.
Signs naming the roadways at the intersection shall be installed with their faces parallel to the roadways they name.
The sign shall be retroreflective or illuminated to show the same shape and color both day and night.
If a private roadway sign is knocked down and/or removed and/or otherwise covered by an unforeseen occurrence, the owner and/or maintainer of the private roadway shall repair and/or reinstall the roadway sign within five days of the occurrence.
[Amended 5-11-2009 by Ord. No. 479]
All persons required to install roadway signs, as set forth herein, shall install said signs for existing roadways, both public and private, on or before 180 days from the date Monroe County completes its countywide 911 public safety plan, said date to be determined by the Township by way of a resolution. The owners of any roadway to be constructed in the future, after the date this Ordinance No. 479 is executed by the Board of Supervisors, shall procure the official roadway name assignment and complete the requisite sign installation as part of the normal building permit process. New roadways shall be assigned a name and the requisite sign shall be installed within 30 days after completion of the roadway.
Any persons, firm or corporation who shall number or attempt to number any house, building or structure contrary to this chapter or who shall, within 30 days of notification by the Tobyhanna Township Zoning Officer or other designated representative, fail or neglect to number his or her house, building or structure in accordance herewith, or who shall fail to change the number thereof or fail to remove the old number in cases of a number change, or who shall violate any of the provisions of this chapter, and any person or persons who shall alter, deface, remove or destroy any number or sign required to be displayed by this chapter, or any person or persons, firm or corporation who fails to install the requisite street or road signs required herein and/or attempts to deface and/or remove any such street or road sign shall, upon conviction thereof, be sentenced to pay a fine of not less than $100 and not more than $600, the costs of prosecution and reasonable attorneys' fees and, in default of payment thereof, to imprisonment of not more than 30 days. Each day's violation of any of the provisions of this chapter shall constitute a separate offense.