2009-05-21 / Front Page

Sign law is being enforced in city

Power poles all over the city suffer from the effects of hundreds of flyers and posters being nailed and stapled in place. Power poles all over the city suffer from the effects of hundreds of flyers and posters being nailed and stapled in place. In response to complaints from members of the Washington City Council, the City of Washington is taking a stand against unauthorized signs in the city.

Police are continuing to take down any sign or flyer attached to utility poles, and will soon enforce a fine for posting them. "The signs are a nuisance and reflect unfavorably on our communities," said Chief Mike Davis. "They distract drivers and create trash in neighborhoods, because no one bothers to take them down or throw them away."

The city ordinance, Sec. 58-4, says that "No sign other than official signs placed by a government body may be constructed or placed within any public right-of-way. No sign shall be attached to or painted on any telephone pole; power pole; or any tree, rock or other natural object."

The ordinance was first enforced to keep companies and night clubs from plastering commercial signs on every pole in the city, but City Councilman Nathaniel Cullars said that enforcement seemed to be limited to club DJ signs on Whitehall Street. He has repeatedly reminded the council that the prohibition also applied to yard sale signs and lostdog notices in other areas of town.

Yard sale signs on their own sticks or on private property are fine, Davis said.

With the council pushing for enforcement, Davis says the ordinance is being strictly enforced, meaning that if they are caught, sign posters could be charged and fined.

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