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Political signs make early appearance

April 14, 2011

While no permit is required for the placement of political signs, there are certain areas of the city where they may not be placed. Photo submitted

Area residents may have noticed that candidates' political signs for the upcoming primary election on May 17 have already begun to appear in various locations throughout the city, even though the election is still over a month away.
While the section of the city's sign ordinance pertaining to temporary signs allows candidates to display an unlimited number of political signs, it also stipulates that "such signs may only be displayed between 30 days prior to and 5 days after an election."
City Zoning Officer Matt Pfeufer indicated that he has received a number of calls from candidates regarding the city's sign ordinance. He noted that all of the candidates have wanted to do the right thing when it comes to placing their signs within the proper timeframe.
"According to my information, the primary election is on May 17. The ordinance allows political signs to be placed 30 days before the election, so the first legal day to display political signs is April 17 for the primary election," Pfeufer said.
Notifications of a violation of the ordinance would have to be given to the property owner where the sign appears, and according to Pfeufer, any notice of violation can be appealed to the Zoning Hearing Board within 30 days of receipt.
By that time, the signs would be permitted because it is within the 30-day time period prior to the election.

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