Before accepting the dedication of new roads, Penn Township supervisors want only standardized road signs.And that means the Ovations at Elk View 55 - plus residential development may have to replace all its stop, speed limit and street signs before turning over the streets for dedication.
"The issue is going to be, somebody runs into a stop sign five years from now, you can't replace it with the same stop sign," supervisors Chairman Curtis Mason said at a Feb. 6 township meeting.
Stop signs throughout the development off Route 896 are the familiar shape and color but are made of wood with raised letters and are mounted on white, wooden posts with a turned knob on top.
The speed limit signs have the same kind of post and have raised white numbers on a black background.
Mason noted the township went through a similar problem with the Penn Ridge subdivision and spent thousands of dollars to replace all of its signs. He said he wants to avoid that cost before it can happen again.
"I don't think Penn Township should pay for one development's decorative signs. We would balk at dedication of the roads unless there are standardized signs," Mason said.
The supervisors also want to keep developers responsible for the cost of streetlights. Supervisor Victor Mantegna noticed the entrance to the Estates of Londonbrook off Route 796 is very dark. He suggested a dusk - to - dawn safety light should be installed there, but the board had denied requests from other developments for similar lighting.
Rather than have the township install lights, township officials suggested that the develop - ment's homeowners association could pay the cost of the light. The annual cost of a light is roughly $675, which would amount to about $10 per year per home in the 70 - lot subdivision, officials noted.
The supervisors are also taking a serious look at how commercial properties within a shopping center are billed for sewage.
Mason explained that the township sewer system faced a hydraulic overload because a space in a Jennersville commercial center was leased to a child - care center rather than a store - front.
"It needs $80,000 more in capacity, and we don't have it," Mason said.
Though that problem seems to have been resolved, the officials plan to bill the property owner, who they said should be aware of the building's sewer capacity.
"We don't bill the tenant. We bill the owner and let them collect," Mason said.