[HISTORY: Adopted by the Board of Commissioners of the Township of Spring Garden 7-10-1996 by Ord. No. 96-02 (Ch. 4, Part 2, of the 1994 Code). Amendments noted where applicable.]
Every person having ownership, possession, custody, control or charge of any building or structure shall have and maintain the established street address number thereon upon or near each entrance from a street of the Township or state and/or from any other public accessway in the manner and location designated by this chapter. "Accessway" shall include, but not be limited to, any alley, stairway, driveway or walkway.
The owners and/or occupants of all establishments contained within a multitenant commercial, office or industrial building complex which have front and rear entrances shall cause the correct street numbers to be placed on or adjacent to both front and rear doors. The numbers shall comply with all other sections of this chapter.
Installation, change, substitution or removal of any existing or subsequently designated street address number shall be completed within 60 days after receipt by the owner, occupant, lessee, tenant or custodian of such building or structure, or any person or agent in charge thereof, of a written notice containing appropriate instructions therefor from the Township.
The general requirements of any street address number designated by Spring Garden Township shall be as follows:
The height, width and color of numbers, figures and backgrounds and the placement and/or lighting that identify the Township designated street number shall be such that the number can be easily read and understood during both daylight and nighttime hours from the edge of the public or private street giving access to the building.
Any building not visible from the street shall have the number placed on a post or other means of support so that the number is at least 18 inches off of the ground at the main driveway entrance or walkway so as to be easily visible from the street. In the event that a building is one of several located along a joint driveway or access drive, each address number must be posted at the drive entrance from the street, as noted above, and additionally at each individual drive or front yard area.
Any building situated on a street corner lot shall have the number visible from the street representing the correct mailing address assigned, regardless of where the property driveway is located.
All buildings on the west and south side of any street within the Township shall be assigned an even number. All buildings on the east and north side of any street within the Township shall be assigned an odd number. Numbers shall be in numerical sequence using Market Street as the starting point for north and south sequences and George Street as the starting point for east and west sequences.
If a property utilizes a curbside mailbox for mail delivery, said mailbox must comply with the manufacturer's specifications under the United States Postal Service (USPS) Standard 7 (Mailboxes, City and Rural Curbside). The box must bear the Township designated street address number and may bear the owner's name and the street name. Advertising on the boxes or supports is prohibited, with the exception of newspaper names on delivery tubes attached to mailbox supports.
Curbside mailbox supports are to consist of a pole or a post that must meet the height criteria established by the USPS. Any pole recommended by the manufacturers of mailboxes conforming to the appropriate governmental regulations shall be acceptable. Support structures that are constructed of any material that are in excess of those needed to adequately support a mailbox or which do not conform to postal regulations are prohibited. A pole or post providing the equivalent support or size of a wood six-inch by six-inch post shall represent the maximum support allowed for a mailbox. Box supports designed to prevent vandalism by providing protection from destruction rather than support of the box are not permitted on the right-of-way of streets, roads and highways within the Township.
[Amended 11-13-1996 by Ord. No. 96-04]
Any existing mailbox structure otherwise prohibited herein, located in the right-of-way of any road in the Township, shall be permitted if found not to be a traffic hazard by the Township Engineer.
A mailbox structure shall be classified as a traffic hazard if one or more of the following conditions apply:
It is located so to obstruct any part of a clear sight triangle at or within 75 feet of any intersection.
It is located in the vicinity of a road curve so that the inertia of a motor vehicle that fails to negotiate the curve could cause it to collide with the structure.
If the structure impairs the view of approaching traffic or of any traffic signs, markings or signals.
The structure is so close to the cartway to present a threat of collision to oversize loads or bicyclists traveling along the road or berm of the road.
If it is determined by the Township that a violation of this chapter has occurred, the Township shall notify the property owner of record and/or person residing in the property or the partnership, corporation or association leasing the premises of such violation and give him or them 60 days to correct or abate said violation. Notice shall be by ordinary mail and certified mail, return receipt requested. If no return receipt card is returned within 10 days, a copy of the letter shall be personally served upon the addressee(s). If the violation is not abated within the time set forth, the Township may initiate enforcement proceedings and file an appropriate criminal summary action before the local Magisterial District Judge or such civil action in law or equity as deemed necessary to enforce the provisions of this chapter.
Any person, firm or corporation who shall violate any provision of this chapter shall, upon conviction in a summary proceeding before the Magisterial District Judge having appropriate jurisdiction thereof, be sentenced to pay a fine of not more than $500 and/or imprisonment for a term not to exceed 90 days. Every day that a violation of this chapter continues shall constitute a separate violation.