#1. "RE: PennDOT speaks!" In response to Reply # 0
The Newsgleaner story is good reading. It sounds like many organizations in Philadelphia are cooperating to remove all signs and have a zero tolerance. The city managing directors ask ordinary citizens to remove the signs as they pass by. A very positive attitude. Thanks for posting.
A recent article, "City cracks down on illegal signs" (7/9/03), discussed the utility pole cleanup effort to be coordinated by city Managing Director Phil Goldsmith.
I would like to reinforce PECO's support of this program and stress the importance of public cooperation and city enforcement against posting signs so that the cleanup can be successful.
PECO has never approved or condoned posting signs on utility poles and must deny permission to anyone attempting to post. This complies with both Pennsylvania Crimes Code, section 6905, and a city ordinance designed to preserve the safety of utility workers and make the city more aesthetically pleasing.
Although PECO is not responsible for illegal postings, our company has pledged itself to work closely with city officials in both a short-term blitz and long-term policy to remove the signs. PECO has also agreed to donate up to $2,500 as a cleanup grant, provided the money is matched by other companies involved with the project.
While this cleanup effort is an important step in making our city more attractive, we hope everyone realizes that enforcement is as important as removal. There must be consequences for illegal posting that become clear through practice, and then sign removal will become less burdensome.
Michael A. Innocenzo PECO Director of Operations, Philadelphia region