LEESBURG, GA (WALB) - Lee County officials want people to know they are enforcing their sign ordinance as the political season heats up.
They urge folks to make sure they put their signs in a proper location.
But if a sign is confiscated, there is a place where you can pick it up.
A pile of signs behind Leesburg City Hall that have been confiscated by Lee County Code Enforcement reveals what political campaigns and businesses have been posting illegally.
But it's not just political signs, but any kind of yard sign. And officers don't want to have to add your sign to that pile.
"We just want everybody, whether you are supporting a person, putting a sign up or if you are paid to put the signs up, just make sure you put them in the right place and keep them off the rights of way," said Lee County Code Enforcement Officer Ben Roberts.
Candidate for Superior Court Judge Lewis Lamb checked the sign pile today while we were there, and found none of his. He asks his supporters to put them only in permitted areas.
"They are expensive. The small signs run, even in pretty large quantities, run over $3 a piece," said Lamb. The large signs, the 4 by 4 signs, are $20 a piece."
Code enforcement says the main rule is keep the signs off the right of way, on private property.
"If you've got a power pole in your yard. If you have a water meter, a phone box. Anything like that. Typically those are out on the edge of the right of way," said Roberts. "So from that object over to the roadway is the right of way."
Another important point: don't put the sign on someone's property without permission. Technically that's criminal trespass.
Code Enforcement asks everyone to follow the sign ordinance, because if you don't, it could end up in the pile.
"If you come to City Hall in Leesburg and take a look at the signs there, we will be glad for you to get them back," said Roberts.
Officers don't want the signs to become a nuisance or an eyesore, or a danger, as more signs pop up every day.
The state DOT is also authorized to collect signs in violation, and they simply throw the signs away.
Lee County Code enforcement has a detailed map of every road in the county, showing exact right of way measurements.
You can contact them if you have any questions.