[HISTORY: Adopted by the Borough Council of the Borough of New Eagle 10-4-2016. Amendments noted where applicable.]
The purpose of the provisions in this chapter is:
To preserve and promote the public health, safety and welfare of the citizens of New Eagle Borough;
To maintain and enhance the visual environment and to preserve the right of citizens to enjoy New Eagle Borough's scenic beauty;
To improve and assure pedestrian and traffic safety; and
To minimize the possible adverse effects of billboards and signage on nearby public and private property.
As used in this chapter, the following terms shall have the meanings indicated:
- A sign larger than four feet by eight feet, including framing, which directs attention to or advertises a business, commodity, service, entertainment, facility, political candidate, cause, public issue or other subject matter not located, conducted, sold or offered upon the premises where such sign is located, and which may be either freestanding or mounted upon the roof or wall of the building or structure.
- Any advertisement, announcement, direction, picture or informational material attached to, painted or affixed otherwise on or forming a part of any building, structure, awning, marquee or other surface, or erected, posted, placed or constructed on any real property. The word "sign" shall include the framework, the supports and attachments. The word "sign" shall not include any sign as defined herein that is temporarily placed for the purpose of political campaigns and/or personal purposes and/or events sponsored by nonprofit and/or fraternal organizations.
Billboards are expressly prohibited in the Borough, except as permitted on Main Street.
Any person, business or other entity wishing to erect or place a sign or billboard in New Eagle Borough must submit a completed application to Borough Council and obtain approval prior to erecting or placing any sign in the Borough of New Eagle.
Applications, along with pertinent information, will be reviewed by Borough Council during the first regular monthly meeting following the submission of the application.
A onetime nonrefundable application fee as set by Borough Council must be submitted along with any application for a permit.
The following restrictions shall apply to all signs:
All signs must relate to the use of the property on which displayed and must be removed within 60 days after that use changes or ceases.
All signs must be constructed of durable materials and must be kept in good condition and repair.
No sign shall be placed in such a position that it will cause danger to traffic by impairing the view.
No sign shall hereafter be altered, rebuilt, enlarged, extended or relocated except in accordance with the requirements of this chapter, including the submission of the proper application. Changing of information displayed by signs that are designed for change or the repainting of display matter shall not be deemed to be alterations or rebuilding within the meaning of this section. No sign existing before the adoption of this chapter and not conforming thereto may be changed or altered in its informational content or display or in any other way except to bring it into conformance with this chapter.
All signs shall be maintained as to appearance and structural integrity.
Any sign that becomes dangerous to public safety or a nuisance shall be made to comply with the provisions of this chapter and any other applicable ordinance, statute or regulation or it shall be removed by the owner of the real property or by the Borough, after 10 days' notice to the owner, at the owner's expense.
Failure of the owner or occupier of the real property on which the sign is erected to comply with the requirements of this chapter shall, upon conviction in a summary proceeding under the Pennsylvania Rules of Criminal Procedure, be punishable by a fine of not more than $1,000 plus court costs and reasonable attorneys' fees incurred by the Borough in the enforcement proceedings. Upon judgment against any person by summary conviction, or by proceedings by summons on default of the payment of the fine or penalty imposed and the costs, the defendant may be sentenced and committed to the county correctional facility for a period not exceeding 30 days. Each day that such violation exists shall constitute a separate offense, and each section of this chapter that is violated shall also constitute a separate offense. In addition to or in lieu of enforcement under this section, the Borough may enforce this chapter in equity in the Court of Common Pleas of Washington County.