Catasauqua Press

Monday, January 21, 2019

Hanover OKs new company signage

Wednesday, January 2, 2019 by PAUL CMIL Special to The Press in Local News

Attorney Thomas Schlegel coordinated a request before Hanover Township Zoning Hearing Board at its meeting Nov. 29, 2018.

His client, Able Equipment Rental, moved into a commercial property formerly leased by Ransome Rents. Both companies rent specialty equipment. Able rents high-end sky lifts, some of which are used to install glass wall windows in high-rise buildings.

The location of Able’s rental business is off the beaten path at 211 Lloyd St. The new lessee has the same problem the prior company had — contractors looking to rent equipment are often from out of town and usually not familiar with local roads.

Like Ransome, Able wanted to put an information sign at 1701 Airport Road. The parcel at Airport Road is a sliver of land that gets little usage, except for signage.

In Hanover, signs not on business property need to be reviewed for compliance. Able’s argument, presented by Schlegel, is the sign is in the same location and similar to the Ransome sign, which was removed when the business relocated. The Ransome sign was 5 feet by 5 feet. The new sign is 4 feet by 4 feet, measuring 16 square feet. The size meets the township’s sign standards.

The zoning board agreed to put up the sign but added a couple of considerations.

The first one is procedural. The board asked that the parcel where the sign is located be included as part of the parcel for the rental location. What the change means is anyone who operates the commercial facility after Able Equipment does not need to come before the zoning hearing board for a variance.

The second provision suggested the sign contain a directional arrow. The idea was to have the phone number or location highlighted with an arrow point to the location on Lloyd Street. Schlegel and Wayne Lenhart, manager of the rental facility, liked the idea.