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Campaign Signs Placed In Illegal Areas All Around Greensboro

10:36 PM, Sep 12, 2013   |    comments
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Greensboro, NC -- The Zoning Administrator sent reminders to candidates about campaign sign placement after receiving several complaints.

Greensboro's Zoning Administrator, Mike Kirkman said city crews have removed anywhere from 30-50 campaign signs this year.

The city has gotten complaints from citizens about where signs are placed and the quantity of signs clustered in one area.

Campaign signs must be located outside the public street right-of-way and not be placed in a way as to be a sight obstruction.

For the ordinance, click here: Temporary Campaign Signs in the City of Greensboro

The city is not only concerned with safety and sight obstruction, but also maintenance. If mowing or power crews encounter signs in their work space, they'll just remove the signs and throw them out.

The city made candidates aware of the ordinance in early August. However, signs tend to show up right after Labor Day. That's when citizen complaints picked up.

You're likely to find signs in violation on Wendover Ave., Battleground Ave., High Point Rd., and Cone Blvd.

The city does not penalize or fine candidates. The same rules apply to temporary business signs and yard sale signs. The city does not have the time to keep track of the signs. Instead, they just trash illegally placed signs based on complaints or when crews come across signs in violation while in the field.

"We provide the information to the candidates and then obviously it's up to them, to figure out how they best can get their folks to do that," said Kirkman.

WFMY News 2's Liz Crawford found several campaign signs in violation on Thursday afternoon including Mayor Robbie Perkins.

Perkins said that his crew is working on cleaning them up and getting the word to his volunteers.

Campaign signs have to be removed within seven days after the election.

WFMY News 2, City of Greensboro

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