City ordinances govern campaign sign placement
Mar 18, 2013 | 1304 views | 0 0 comments | 11 11 recommendations | email to a friend | print
As Bolivar County gears up for May's mayoral and city board primary election campaigns, citizens are encouraged to remember regulations for political campaign signs.

Kim Chisolm, assistant director of Cleveland Community Development, said most people are familiar with rules for posting the signs but there are some guidelines locals must remain aware of.

"In the past, one of the problems has been people putting the signs within the right- of-way line of the street," said Chisolm. "Signs should be no less than five feet back from the right-of-way line.

"Everyone should stay aware of this or the candidate will be called and asked to move them."

The line typically begins less than one foot inside the edge of the curb or sidewalk.

Placing the signs within the five-foot zone can create problems for drivers by obstructing their viewing ability.

In a previous Bolivar Commercial story, Cleveland Community Development Director Brett Moorman said a good rule of thumb is to place the signs fifteen feet behind the curb or sidewalk.

Signs are also restricted to eight square feet in area and should not contain any special advertising.

“There are always numerous violations of this ordinance during election time,” added Moorman. “Either the candidates aren’t informed about them or their campaign employees who are putting out the signs are not informed about them."

Signs may not be displayed until 90 days prior to the primary runoff or general election.

"They must be removed within seven days after the election," added Chisolm.

Failure to do so could result in fines issued to the candidate.