SOUDERTON >> Add Souderton to the list of local towns with Hometown Heroes banners honoring military veterans.
This will be the first year for Souderton’s banners.
There will be about 50 of them, Borough Manager Mike Coll said at Souderton Borough Council’s April 9 work session.
That brings up the question of where the banners should be hung, he said.
“We are running into situations where we are beginning to acquire more banners than poles,” Coll said.
In addition to the Hometown Heroes banners, Souderton already has banners for Third Fridays, the historic downtown business district, Concert Sundaes and Montgomery Theater, along with having American flags.
In order to put up the additional banners, the borough will have to buy more brackets to attach the banners to the poles, Coll said. The cost of the brackets will be about $1,500, he said.
Washington Avenue, West Broad Street and Reliance Road are some of the places where the Hometown Heroes banners could be added, he said.
Those were all suggested because they are gateways to the borough, he said.
Steve Coll, public works director, said some of the Hometown Heroes banners could also be placed on poles on Main Street where flags are hung, with the flag placed on one side of the pole and the banner on the other side.
Other suggested locations for the new banners included Wile Avenue in the area of the park and Front Street.
Council member Dan Yocum said he’s not sure it’s a good idea to have so many banners.
“Does anybody else think that it looks cluttered?” he asked. “Because I do.”
“I like it, personally,” council President Brian Goshow said.
The Hometown Heroes banners, he said later, are “total Americana.”
Information about the Hometown Heroes banners is available on the borough’s website.
“The Banner will be 24” x 48” heavy vinyl, printed the same on both sides, and will display the service person’s photograph, include their full name, branch of the Military and the era of service (WWI, WWII, Vietnam, etc.),” that information says.
The banners will be placed up before Memorial Day and will be taken down and stored over the winter, Mike Coll said.
The Hometown Heroes banners seem to be popular, he said. Persons who purchased the banners have already come to the borough office to see the completed banners, with other family members often also doing so, he said.
“I think wherever you put them, it highlights the street,” Goshow said.
In a separate matter at the April 9 meeting, Coll said Wawa has applied to the zoning hearing board for a variance for its proposed new sign at the corner of Summit and Main streets. The hearing will be at 7 p.m. Tuesday, May 8, he said.
That Wawa is currently closed while the building is being renovated. The current sign met borough regulations when it was installed, but the rules have since been changed, so a variance will be needed in order for the proposed new sign to be allowed, borough council said last month.
Under the new rules, the top of the sign cannot be more than 6 feet above the ground, but lowering the sign to that height in this case could block the view of some drivers, council said.