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Residents from Ridley Park's Hetzel Park area did not have an opportunity to question borough council members at their Nov. 19 meeting about the billboard in their neighborhood. Many residents are opposed to the billboard and solicitor Ernie Angelos said there has been another legal action filed in connection with the billboard. Corrrespondent Barbara Ormsby filed this story for the DelCo NewsNewtork. Photo by RidleyParkOnline.Com
Angelos prefaced his advice to council by addressing the audience, which was dominated by Hetzel Park residents, telling them he knew they would not like what he had to say. The solicitor said the suit, filed Nov. 6, has not been served on council as yet.
Stull Road resident Mike O'Brien questioned council about the various costs involved to the borough since the sign flap began in 2006. But council did not respond to O'Brien because of Angelos' advice.
"Listen to me people" O'Brien said, addressing the audience. "They (council) are going to take this borough down and they will raise taxes and they will give money back to a multi-million dollar sign company."
Lockridge Outdoor Advertising, LLC is leasing the site for the billboard, which is in a small park in the neighborhood. O'Brien said later that Hetzel Park residents opposing the billboard filed a suit challenging the legality of the rezoning that permitted the billboard to be erected. He said the sign that faces Interstate 95 was lit up for the first time on Nov. 20.
Placement of the billboard is the result of a court settlement that ruled the signs in the borough can be regulated but not restricted.