City may rein in political signs

Campaigns would be required to clean up after the election is over.

The City Council will consider changing rules regulating political signs at tonight’s council meeting.

“What we’re doing here is tightening up the ordinance and refining it with common sense because, during the political season, everything goes a little crazy,” said city planning director Larry Frazier.

The proposed rules would establish a time frame requiring the removal of political signs from private and public property within 10 days after an election. The rules would ban political signs from all public structures, including utility poles and lamp posts. Political signs would be permitted in public right of ways provided they do not obstruct drivers’ views and pedestrian pathways. The rules would restrict sign sizes in right-of-ways to 6 square feet and up to 5 feet high.

The proposed changes would also clearly define who is responsible for political signs. Campaign directors or political candidates would be required to remove signs that violate city rules and clear them out after elections.

Any signs the city removes would be billed to the related campaign or candidate.

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