Business owners considering any funky purple plastic signs may have to reconsider if council enacts an ordinance to keep commercial signs consistent with the Uptown district’s historic nature.

Traditional, that is.

Council, with input from Somerset Inc., is considering “special sign regulations” that go beyond restrictions built into the borough’s zoning codes to dictate the types of signs in parts of the borough’s business district. The mandates would rule out future signs not in keeping with a building’s construction and architectural style.

“We are fine-tuning regulations for our central business district to be more consistent with what we believe to be an attractive Uptown,” borough Manager Ben Vinzani Jr. said.

The ordinance promotes the use of stately markers like the scroll-type signs seen in the borough’s historic district, borough Solicitor Jack Dirienzo said.

The ordinance awaits a review from Somerset Inc. members, who are undertaking an overall effort to brush up Uptown’s aesthetics.

They also are involved in a proposed landscaping ordinance that would apply to all borough businesses. It would prohibit things like chopping down established trees without good reason.

“It’s good to have input from both sides,” said Stephanie Williams, executive director of Somerset Inc.

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