Saturday, May 25 2013 6:27 PM EDT2013-05-25 22:27:57 GMT
Supporters of a 6-year-old Albany boy battling a serious brain disorder are coming together once more to help with his medical bills. This time, with a Vegas style event. This may seem like a regularMore >>
Supporters of a 6-year-old Albany boy battling a serious brain disorder are coming together once more to help with his medical bills. This time, with a Vegas style event.More >>
Saturday, May 25 2013 4:52 PM EDT2013-05-25 20:52:02 GMT
A woman is recovering after her SUV was struck by another vehicle, flipping it several times. It happened around 3:15pm Saturday, near the 1500 block of U.S. Highway 19. Officials say John Earley wasMore >>
A woman is recovering after her SUV was struck by another vehicle, flipping it several times.More >>
Saturday, May 25 2013 7:30 AM EDT2013-05-25 11:30:07 GMT
Albany Engineer K. Bruce Maples, P. E. announced some road closures Thursday morning. Beginning at 6:00 A.M., Saturday, May 25, 2013, the following streets will be closed for the Spring Fest and SBMore >>
Albany Engineer K. Bruce Maples, announced some road closures beginning at 6:00 A.M., Saturday, May 25, 2013, in downtown Albany.More >>
Friday, May 24 2013 10:55 PM EDT2013-05-25 02:55:46 GMT
Not going out of town for Memorial Day? Don't worry, the Albany Panthers want to make sure you have a good weekend as they host their first ever beer fest. You can sample more than 20 types of beer SaturdayMore >>
Not going out of town for Memorial Day? Don't worry, the Albany Panthers want to make sure you have a good weekend as they host their first ever beer fest.More >>
Friday, May 24 2013 10:50 PM EDT2013-05-25 02:50:57 GMT
The family of a Miller County woman is mourning tonight after GBI investigators say the 58 year old was murdered by her husband, before he took his own life. Now the family of Barbara Bass is speakingMore >>
The family of a Miller County woman is mourning tonight after GBI investigators say the 58 year old was murdered by her husband, before he took his own life.More >>
ALBANY, GA (WALB) –Albany Code Enforcement officers were busy picking up political signs illegally posted on rights of way. They're telling candidates and their supporters to help clean up their signs, or they will be pulled up.
Keep Albany Dougherty Beautiful is making up these flyers and will begin handing them out soon, trying to make the city sign ordinance more understandable. Code enforcement has been more lenient with the political signs through the election, but now a clean up sweep is underway.
Albany Code Enforcement Officer Arthur Butler cleans up about a half dozen illegal signs on the right of way at Clark and Turner Field Road. Of course most are for political candidates.
Chief Code Enforcement Officer Robert Carter said "There's a lot of them. Political season it gets real heavy as well as our regular routine signs."
Carter said "We are not focusing on political signs. We're focusing on any signs that are illegally placed in the right of ways. Try to curb the blight, the distraction to drivers, the accumulation of litter."
Code enforcement officers have been picking up dozens of signs Thursday and Friday, because city leaders believe those signs are an economic development blight.
Keep Albany Dougherty Beautiful Executive Director Judy Bowles said " How we look as a community matters. When people come in to visit, they look at us and they immediately decide what they think our community is like."
Political signs are fine on your property, off the right of way. That means not between the curb and the power poles.
Officers are not tearing up the political signs. They are storing them and the candidates can pick them up. But they would like the people who put up the signs to clean them up now.
Carter said "It would be a great help to the city as well as to the people to get them picked up."
Bowles said "How you look is an economic development situation and we grow jobs and have people come in when we look good."
Code enforcement officers are not issuing fines or citations, just taking the signs up and storing them.@
Candidates will be allowed to pick up the signs. Just call code enforcement at 438-3913 to arrange an appointment. Those signs cost a lot of money, and I'm sure the candidates, especially those still in the runoff or the general election, would like to have them.
You could be fined $365 per sign for a violation of the sign ordinance.