The Daily Item, Sunbury, PA

October 23, 2013

Borough:: Election sign too large

By Karen Blackledge
The Danville News

— DANVILLE — Business owner and landlord Michael Kuziak has been cited for having too large of an election sign on his property at Lower Mulberry and Mill streets.

Kuziak had a similar sign, also attached to a farm wagon, erected before the spring primary election in the same location.

Danville Code Administrator Jackie Hart cited Kuziak, of 95 Quarry Road, for violating the borough’s zoning code with a sign of more than 24 square feet on a lot without a building.

Reached Wednesday, Kuziak said he couldn’t comment because he hadn’t received a letter or a copy of the citation from the borough. “It is my understanding they are supposed to send a letter before sending a citation,” he said.

Kuziak said he received a letter from the borough in the spring about the previous sign and removed it after getting the letter.

Hart said Wednesday the size of the current sign is roughly 8 feet by 16 feet.

She didn’t comment further, adding there is a good possibility there could be litigation in this matter.

The citation was filed Tuesday in the office of Montour County District Judge Marvin Shrawder.

Hart said if Kuziak is found guilty of violating the zoning ordinance, he could be fined. It would be up to Shrawder to set the amount of the fine.

Wording on the sign urges people to vote for Bernie Swank for Danville mayor. A former mayor and a Republican, she is running against Democrat and retired Danville borough secretary Tom Graham.

The sign also lists Tom Wickham for a Third Ward borough council seat. He defeated long-time council member Betty Ann Moyer in the primary election and is unopposed in the Nov. 5 general election.

The sign wording in the spring urged people to vote for Wickham, Swank and Joel Harvey for First Ward councilman.

There is a race in the November election in Danville’s First Ward for borough council between Republican and long-time council member Collins Stump and Democrat John Rodman.