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.