RED BANK: SIGNAGE MARKS COUNCIL AGENDA

red bank sandwich board signsThe council plans to allow sandwich-board signs on downtown sidewalks through 2021. (Photo by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge)

By JOHN T. WARD

The Red Bank council is expected to take up a number of housekeeping measures concerning signs, false alarms and more Wednesday night.

Here are the highlights.

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RED BANK: SIGN STOLEN FROM SIDEWALK

call-in-the-authoritiesThe crime reports below were provided by the Red Bank Police Department for the period of November 16 through November 23, 2012. This information is unedited.

Theft occurring on 11-16-12 at Shrewsbury Ave. residence. Victim reported that unknown person(s) stole two metal stools and a wooden bench from front porch. Ptl. Garrett Falco.

Criminal Mischief occurring between 11-17-12 and 11-18-12 at Herbert Street. Victim reported that unknown person(s) bent antenna on parked vehicle. Ptl. John Camarca.

Theft occurring on 11-19-12 at Broad St.—business. Victim reported that unknown person(s) stole the wooden easel signboard with chalkboard surfaces, which was on sidewalk in front of business. Ptl. Matthew Ehrenreich.

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SIDEWALK SIGNS OK FOR ANOTHER YEAR

sandwich-bds-120811Sandwich board signs are are here to stay – at least for another year. Though there have been some ‘issues’ of merchants posting signs away from their stores to get better visibility, Red Bank Mayor Pasquale Menna says the signs, permitted by ordinance in July 2010, have been a success, and the borough council this week extended the expiration of the ordinance to December 31, 2012. (Click to enlarge)

COUNCIL APPROVES SANDWICH BOARD SIGNS

hot-topic rightRejecting the advice of the borough planning board, the Red Bank Council last night said merchants may put sandwich-board advertising on sidewalks outside their establishments through the end of this year.

Overruling concerns that the signs would pose a safety hazard to pedestrians and violate the intent of the borough’s master plan, the council voted 5-1 for an ordinance permitting free-standing signage, which they said is needed to help stores attract customers in a difficult economy.

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