City sign ordinance addressed

Published 12:00 am Wednesday, June 25, 2008

The Selma Times-Journal

Candidates for office might find their political signs missing if illegally placed.

Selma City Council members considered the city&8217;s ordinance Monday that forbids placement of political signs on public property.

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Some people have complained recently about sign clutter between the street and sidewalks or tacked to trees in public places.

Councilman Johnnie Leashore echoed some of the complaints. &8220;I see a lot of your signs on public property,&8221; he told others at the meeting.

Leashore wants to have city workers from the public works department remove the signs from public right of way, place them in a central location and notify the candidate.

Councilman Cecil Williamson said the job of confiscation belongs to the police department, not public works.

Sometimes, signs appear on public property without the candidate&8217;s knowledge, explained Councilwoman Bennie Ruth Crenshaw.

Crenshaw recommended candidates go with supporters to ensure they post signs legally.

Most people generally ignore the ordinance, Nunn said last week during a work session.