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September 19, 2007

Albany -- Businesses who post signs outside to get your attention could be in violation of an Albany city ordinance.

The city is gearing up to crack down on offenders who place signs in public rights of way.

They're also focusing on portable signs on wheels. Some businesses post them without having a special permit to do so.

Enforcement officers say they've been hearing from people who say the build-up of the signs is making the city look cluttered.  

"And I tend to agree. I've been in the job since January. I've known that people have concerns. I share their concerns," says Enforcement Director Mike Tilson.

He says technicalities in the current sign ordinance make it difficult to enforce. He's working to help the city revise the ordinance to crack down on offenders.

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