The Open Streets at Penn Fest celebration, which will be held on Sunday, Sept. 15, has become an annual tradition in Richfield.
It comes as no surprise that the residents living in the Penn Central neighborhood want to display festival banners during the gathering, and the city is trying to expedite the request.
Richfield City Council documents show that an ordinance which would allow the community to hang banners could be approved as soon as Sept. 10.
The “Street Light Banner Ordinance” was first read on Aug. 13 during a City Council meeting. The ordinance “would allow decorative and event-oriented street light banners within public rights-of-way to aide in the promotion of the City and Community.”
The City requested that the banner permit be approved prior to the second reading of the ordinance, which would take place in September.
“I think it’s a nice step in the right direction of putting up banners identifying various geographical locations within the city,” Councilmember Pat Elliott told the Sun Current.Banners that hang in the city can not display advertising, unless an specific event is sponsored, in which case 15 percent of the banner can be utilized for promotion. According to the Sun Current, Penn Central banners will not have ads.