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City inspectors pull up illegal political signs

August 6, 2002

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Lawrence city inspectors were out Monday plucking campaign signs posted in violation of the city's sign ordinance including some from a Republican congressional candidate.

"I noticed quite a few of them on the way in this morning," said Barry Walthall, codes enforcement manager for the city's Neighborhood Resources Department.

A political sign for Adam Taff, a Republican candidate for
Congress, is placed between the sidewalk and Iowa Street, just
north of 19th Street. City officials on Monday removed many
political signs placed illegally on city rights-of-way.

A political sign for Adam Taff, a Republican candidate for Congress, is placed between the sidewalk and Iowa Street, just north of 19th Street. City officials on Monday removed many political signs placed illegally on city rights-of-way.

"We try to get them down as fast as they put them up, but sometimes that's hard."

Walthall said city crews were pulling the signs and putting them in storage. "If the owner of a sign wants it back, they can pay a $25 fee to collect it," he said.

Walthall's department has nine inspectors, including building and zoning inspectors, who patrol the city. All are empowered to remove improper signs.

Walthall said more than one campaign was in violation Monday, and a Republican congressional campaign was among the violators.

Lisa Patterson, the city's communications coordinator, said area campaigns were notified recently of the city's sign ordinance.

Here are the guidelines:

No signs are allowed in city right-of-way or on city property. On private property, campaign workers should place signs behind sidewalks and utility poles. Otherwise, a sign should be placed within 25 feet of a structure.

Property owners must give advance permission for sign posting. Tenants must have legal rights stated in their leases in order to place political signs on rental property.

Signs are to be no larger than 16 square feet.

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