[Adopted 9-19-1995 by Ord. No. 1045; amended in its entirety 8-16-2011 by Ord. No. 1174]
The purpose of this article is to regulate political signage in order to preserve the order and cleanliness of the rights-of-way within the Borough and of Borough public property; to avoid the appearance of clutter; to protect property values; to avoid litter and growth of weeds around signs; to reduce traffic hazards caused by distraction to motorists and the impairment of sight lines; to ensure that the Borough remains an attractive place to live and work; to reduce administrative burden and the necessity of expending public funds to remove political signs; and to protect the health, safety and welfare, morals, convenience and comfort of the public.
As used within this article, the following words and phrases shall have the meanings ascribed to them below:
- Any individual, firm, employee, corporation, partnership, association, committee to elect or reelect, supporter or political candidate.
- POLITICAL SIGN
- A sign, including but not limited to posters, banners, and stickers, which indicates the name, cause or affiliation of a person seeking public or other elected office or on which reference is made to an issue for which a public election or referendum is scheduled to be held.
- RESTRICTED PUBLIC RIGHT-OF-WAY
- Every roadway within the territorial limits of the Borough of West Mifflin, whether a state, county or Borough roadway, and five feet on each side of said roadway.
Political signs shall not be exhibited, affixed, placed, erected or maintained within the restricted public right-of-way, on median barriers, telephone poles or pillars and trees located within the restricted public right-of-way, or on Borough-owned property anywhere within the territorial limits of the Borough of West Mifflin.
Political signs shall not be nailed, tacked, glued, hung or otherwise affixed or located within the restricted public right-of-way.
Political signs may be exhibited outside of the restricted public right-of-way but shall not be affixed, placed, erected or maintained so as to create a visibility hazard to pedestrian or motor vehicle traffic along streets or sidewalks or at street corners.
Political signs may not be exhibited outside of the restricted public right-of-way earlier than 30 days prior to the primary or general elections.
Political signs must be removed from said public property no later than 14 days after primary or general elections. Failure to remove said political signs will result in the surrender of the refundable permitting fee as prescribed by Borough Council.
Any person, political candidate or political committee wishing to exhibit political signs on any public property outside of the restricted public right-of-way shall file an application with the Borough Community Development Department on the prescribed application and pay a refundable fee as determined by Borough Council, which may be set by simple resolution.
A refundable fee as prescribed by Borough Council shall be paid prior to the exhibition of political signs outside of said restricted public right-of-way.
Said fee will be returned to the applicant after notice has been given to the Community Development Department that all said political signs exhibited outside of the restricted public right-of-way have been removed. After a field inspection has been performed, said fee will be refunded. If all signs are not removed within 14 days following an election, said fee shall be forfeited.
Political signs exhibited, affixed, placed, erected or maintained in violation of § 224-23 shall be removed by West Mifflin police officers, Building Inspection, Code Enforcement Officials or West Mifflin Public Works.
Removed political signs may be retrieved from the Borough at the Public Works garage, if available. The Borough has no duty to maintain said signs and may discard said signs.
Any person who shall violate or shall fail, neglect or refuse to comply with any provision of this article shall, upon conviction thereof, be sentenced to pay a fine of not more than $600, plus costs, and, in default of payment of said fine and costs, to a term of imprisonment not to exceed 30 days; provided, however, that each sign and each day of violation shall constitute a separate offense.