Politics sometimes gets a little messy. This year seems a little messier than others. I’m not referring to the differences between the candidates, or their passion for what they believe is right for our community, state, or nation. I’m referring to the quantity of political signage this year…..the signage that has become litter….and the way campaign signs make our landscape look this time of year.
This is in no way a “rock” thrown at any candidate or any party. To have supporters that will put your sign in their yard, or supporters to put signs along roadways (where permitted), is an important part of campaigning. I put up several hundred yard and street signs myself during my campaign, and will probably be putting them up again in 2009.
If you are going to put up a political sign, please do not put them in the right-of-way. If you do, city crews may remove the sign for being out of code. Place your sign behind the street light poles or behind the water meter tap. Both of these areas are out of the street right-of-way and your sign should not be bothered. If you do have a sign picked up for some reason, it can usually be found leaning against the back wall of the Federal Building on Carthage Street.
Four more weeks of campaigning. I wish every candidate good luck and thanks for trying to make a difference……win or loose. I for one was glad to see election day in 2005, regardless of the outcome. I hope everyone involved with installing signs will help remove them quickly after the election.
For more information on street right-of-ways and signage, please call Street Superintendent Magna Halloway at919-775-8326 or Steve Brewer at 919-770-9587.