City, candidates again ignore the rules | Letter to the editor

To the editor:

I am writing because political sign season is upon us again and, as is the case whenever it is upon us, campaigns are posting signs in violation of the city code and, as is typical, the city is doing nothing about it.

Under the Bainbridge Island Municipal Code (15.08.095(B)), campaigns must receive permission from adjacent property owners before posting their signs next to streets (in the “public right-of-way”). However, look around the Island and it is easy to find campaign signs posted in front of Bainbridge parks, fire stations, schools, and other locations whose owners do not permit posting of political signs.

Posting of these signs where they are not allowed imposes a burden on the property.

In the past, a campaign continued to post its signs at the police station despite the police repeatedly taking them down. A property owner in my neighborhood who owns the property at a corner with a stop sign on a major road spends a lot of time taking down political signs.

There are two city council candidates whose campaign signs I have seen most often in violation here. I know nothing about these candidates including whether they are running in the ward that I will be voting in.

But violating city code while running for city council and creating burdens on Island property owners even before potentially taking office seem like questionable moves to me.

ALAN PERRY

Bainbridge Island

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