City Removing Signs In Right-Of-Ways

Brent Finnegan -- April 5th, 2011

On March 22, the City of Harrisonburg announced a crackdown on illegally placed signs and fliers throughout the city:

“Public Works crews will be proactively removing signage illegally placed within the city right of way. These are typically yard signs that market businesses, sales, and other events. Placement of such signs in the city right of way is a violation of City Code Section 6‐1‐25,” the announcement stated.

Drew Williams, Assistant Director of Public Works, told hburgnews that they started removing signs last Monday. “We have collected about half a pickup truck load worth of signs over the last week,” Williams wrote.

Longtime readers might recall this related discussion from 2008 about the ordinance against fliers on telephone and utility poles. The city code states:

No individual, business, organization club or group of any description, shall, without advance written permission of the director of public works, post, attach, affix, or cause or encourage another to post, attach, or affix, any sign, flyer, poster or notice, to any object or surface, such as a utility pole or traffic sign or signal, within a public right-of-way or on property owned or leased by the City of Harrisonburg; nor shall any mark of any nature be made with any implement or substance.

Williams clarified that Public Works is not removing any and all signs. Removal is selective, and doesn’t necessarily apply to political signs.

The downtown area has a special program to permit sandwich board signs on the sidewalks. Public Works attempts to use judgment when collecting signs on the right of way. We tend not to remove yard sale signs and political signs until after the event or election is over. We are particularly concerned with anyone posting private signage on a stop sign and will remove those as the potential to obstruct a stop sign is a significant safety hazard.

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