Rock­ledge Coun­cil amends or­di­nance

Glenside News - - POLICEREPORTS - By Joe Bar­ron

With a deft i f s ome­what ob­scure bit of ver­biage, Rock­ledge Coun­cil amended t he bor­ough’s zon­ing code Mon­day to l egal­ize t he ex­ist­ing s i gnage at Rock­ledge Plaza.

The zon­ing amend­ment al­lows the plaza’s main direc­tory sign to have a max­i­mum area of 120 feet per side, with a max­i­mum height of 20 feet, as well as a sec­ondary, free­stand­ing direc­tory sign with ar­rows or words in­dict­ing rear en­trances.

The sec­ondary s i gn may have a max­i­mum of 16 square feet and must be placed “as nearly pos­si­ble t o t he sec­ondary r oad t ak­ing t r affic t o t he r ear of t he prop­erty.”

Es­sen­tially, t he or­di­nance de­scribes t he sig­nage al­ready planned f or Rock­ledge Plaza, where t he en­trance to Acker ’s Hard­ware has been moved to the rear of t he build­ing.

The vote ap­prov­ing the or­di­nance amend­ment was 5- 0, with coun­cil Vice Pres­i­dent Michael Praedi­ger abs t ain­ing. Praedi­ger and his fa­ther, Mayor Harold Praedi­ger, own Acker ’s Hard­ware, the busi­ness di­rectly af­fected by the change.

Coun­cil­woman Robin Mor­ris did not att end t he meet­ing.

The phras­ing of t he amend­ment was somet hing of a chal­lenge f or Bor­ough So­lic­i­tor Joseph Bres­nan, who was charged with draft­ing it. Coun­cil asked Bres­nan July 30 for an amend­ment that would ap­ply only to t he busi­nesses at t he plaza.

Bres­nan replied, how­ever, t hat or­di­nances can­not be writ­ten f or a ben­e­fit of a s pe­cific, named es­tab­lish­ment and must be writ­ten i n a gen­eral way t hat ap­plies t o t he en­tire bor­ough. The word­ing of the or­di­nance t here­fore ap­plies, i n gen­eral, to “multi-ten­anted l ots” with “busi­nesses t hat are not l ocated i n such a way t hat t he s t ore­front f aces t he park­ing l ot i n which t he pri­mary dir ec­tory s i gn i s l ocated, plac­ing such busi­nesses at a dis­ad­van­tage r elat i ve to t he i ntended pur­poses of busi­nes­sori­ented s i gnage.

At present, t he plaza i s t he only prop­erty i n the bor­ough t hat fits t hat de­scrip­tion.

The vote fol­lowed a brief pub­lic hear­ing. Dis­cus­sion of si gnage, which oc­cu­pied much of bor­ough coun­cil’s at­tent i on over the sum­mer, ap­peared to be at an end f or t he t i me be­ing.

In other busi­ness Mon­day, coun­cil opened t hree s ealed bids f or t he pur­chase of a 2007 Ford Ex­pe­di­tion that has been r eti r ed by t he po­lice depart­ment. The high­est bid was sub­mit­ted by Asia Mo­tors of Chicago, I l l . , which of­fered the bor­ough A6,579 for t he ve­hi­cle.

Coun­cil tabled a de­cisi on on t he sale f or t wo weeks so the bor­ough man­ager ad­min­is­tra­tion could check t he Asia Mo­tors’ bona fides.

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