A Franklin Township business owner asked township supervisors on Tuesday whether she could raise an electronic sign on her property so it can be seen. Pam Fludgate, owner of the property of 450 Interchange Road, Franklin Township, said that after erecting the sign, a neighboring business put up a wooden sign right in front of her sign and now her sign can't be seen from the highway. She said that income from three advertisers was lost since the wooden sign was added.
Fludgate had applied for a variance to erect an oversize digital sign on her property. In January 2011, Franklin Township Zoning Hearing Board granted approval to the variance to erect a nine by four foot sign at her business, All Lit Up.
Fludgate applied for the original permit on Nov. 17, 2008 and it was signed by Carl Faust, the township's Uniform Code Officer, on Nov. 13, 2009.
Construction began late summer in 2010. The sign was an investment of about $35,000 and that another $25,000 covered the cost of development and installation of the base and support.
After Fludgate applied for the permit, the township adopted an ordinance that pertains to electronic signs in June 2009 which now requires applicants to seek conditional approval from township supervisors.
Fludgate rented space out on the sign to help pay the costs for it, plus she advertised other businesses within