Pardon Our Mess: Ordinance requires campaign signs be removed

Sunday, June 8, 2014 6:29 PM
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WHERE: Various spots around Augusta, including the 3100, 3200 and 3300 blocks of Wrightsboro Road and some blocks downtown

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Letters have been sent out for removal of the leftover signs such as these seen downtown.  MEG MIRSHAK/STAFF
MEG MIRSHAK/STAFF
Letters have been sent out for removal of the leftover signs such as these seen downtown.

WHAT: Campaign signs from the May 20 election have not been removed. On Friday, a few signs for District 12 congressional candidates Eugene Yu, Delvis Dutton and John Stone, Augusta Super District 10 Commissioner Grady Smith and mayoral candidate Alvin Mason were still displayed. A few signs from the “Augusta Together for SPLOST” and “Say no to SPLOST” campaigns were also seen.

WHO’S RESPONSIBLE: An Augusta-Richmond County zoning ordinance requires candidates to remove political signs within 10 days of the election date. Candidates in a runoff can leave their signs displayed.

ACTION PROMISED: Augusta’s code enforcement division mailed a letter to candidates Friday reminding them to remove signs, said Board of Elections Director Lynn Bailey. In the past two weeks, the elections office has forwarded complaints about specific signs to the code office, which removed them.

“The amount of signs is way less than there was even a week ago,” Bailey said. “I think there has been progress made.”

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dsterling9
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dsterling9 06/09/14 - 08:45 am
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SIGNS

When is someone going to start work on all the business signs on utility poles and right-of-ways? Sometimes there are so many at Bobby Jones Expy and Wrightsboro Road it looks trashy. Ordinance enforcement should be for the entire city not just certain areas.

Butterman
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Butterman 06/09/14 - 11:47 am
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Disengenuous
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That photo was taken before the end of the May 20th campaign. I can tell you that the No to SPLOST signs were all being removed the day after the May 20th election.

corgimom
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corgimom 06/09/14 - 02:49 pm
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dsterling, a whole lot of

dsterling, a whole lot of those signs are for drug deals.

Nobody can sell that many mattresses.

Sean Moores
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Sean Moores 06/09/14 - 03:19 pm
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@ Butterman

Fact check. Meg took that photo on Friday. She said that when she came to work today, they were still there.

itsanotherday1
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itsanotherday1 06/09/14 - 06:04 pm
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There should be fines/fees

There should be fines/fees associated with signs left on public property.

triscuit
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triscuit 06/09/14 - 10:38 pm
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There were Hardie Davis signs

There were Hardie Davis signs on Druid Park in front of Paine a few days ago.

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