Campaign signs shall meet the following requirements:
(1) Posting on public right-of-way. It shall be lawful for any person to post a campaign sign in the area between the sidewalk and curb and gutter of any public street except that no sign over two feet (2') in height may be placed in any clear view area. No campaign sign may be attached to any utility pole within a public right-of-way. No campaign sign may overhang the travel way or sidewalk in a public right-of-way.
(2) Prohibition. The placement of any campaign sign within one hundred fifty feet (150') of any building, where a polling place is located is prohibited. "Polling place" shall mean the physical place where ballots and absentee ballots are cast.
(3) Posting time limits. It shall be unlawful for any person to fail to remove a campaign sign within five (5) days after the election for which the sign was posted. In the event there is a primary election, the campaign sign removal shall not be required until five (5) days after the main election for which the primary election was held.
(4) Limitation of size of campaign signs. In any "R" (residential) zone, said campaign sign shall not exceed twenty-four (24) square feet in aggregate on or in front of any parcel and, in any "A" (agricultural) zone, said campaign sign and combination of signs shall not exceed sixty-four (64) square feet in aggregate on or in front of any parcel with a minimum one-hundred and fifty feet (150') of frontage and two (2) acres. If detached, said signs shall not exceed six feet (6') in height in residential zones and twelve feet (12') in height in agricultural zones. Said sign shall not be erected in such a manner as to constitute a roof sign. In commercial and industrial zoning districts, campaign signs shall not exceed one hundred and fifty (150) square feet in aggregate on or in front of any parcel and twelve feet (12') in height.
(5) Removal of illegal campaign signs. The Director of Community and Economic Development or authorized agents are authorized to remove any campaign sign found posted within the corporate limits of the City when such sign is in violation of the provisions of this Section. For the purpose of removing campaign signs, the Director of Community and Economic Development or authorized agents are empowered to take all steps necessary to remove the unauthorized sign including but not limited to enlisting the aid or assistance of any other Department of the City and to secure legal process to the end that all such signs shall be expeditiously removed from any property where posted.
(6) Notice. Upon discovery, the Director of Community and Economic Development or authorized agents shall immediately notify by telephone the candidate, committee, or person responsible for the posting of any sign in violation of this Section, indicating the location of the sign and that the sign must be removed within five (5) working days. If the address or phone number of the person responsible for the violating sign is not known the sign shall be removed under the provisions as set forth in Subsection (5) of this Section.
(7) Storage and return. If after the five (5) day notice has been given under Subsection (6) above, any campaign sign has not been removed, the Community and Economic Development Director or authorized agents shall remove said campaign sign and keep a record of the location from which the sign was removed. He/she shall store the sign in a safe location for at least thirty (30) days. The Community and Economic Development Director or authorized agents shall return any campaign sign upon the payment of the fee provided in Subsection (8) below.
(8) Removal of sign charge. The City shall be entitled to receive the sum of Five Dollars ($5.00) for every campaign sign removed by the Community and Economic Development Director or authorized agents to cover the expense of removal, notice, and storage. In cases where unusual effort is needed to remove a sign the provisions contained in Section 20.02.040(b) shall be used to assess fees.
(9) Persons responsible. In a campaign for elective office, the candidate for such office shall be deemed the person responsible for the posting of campaign signs, unless the candidate first notifies the City Recorder and the Director of Community and Economic Development of another person who is responsible. In such case, the candidate shall provide the name, address, telephone number, and signed consent of such other responsible person. In a campaign regarding a ballot measure, the president of the committee supporting or opposing such ballot measure shall be deemed responsible, unless said person first notifies the City Recorder and Director of Community and Economic Development of some other person responsible, in the manner described above. The candidate, or in the case of a ballot measure, the committee president, or other responsible person if so designated, shall be liable to pay any fees or costs for the removal and storage of illegal signs, as set out herein. Further, such candidate, committee president, or other designated person, shall be subject to prosecution for any violation of this Chapter.
(10) Illegal signs, public nuisance. Campaign signs in violation of this Section are hereby declared to be public nuisances, and may be abated as such by the City. The collection of removal fees shall not preclude the City from prosecuting any person for violating this Chapter.
(11) Appeal. Any person deemed responsible under this Section shall have a right to appeal any civil penalty levied under Subsection (8) to the City Manager.
Ord. No.97-35, Recodified, 6/19/1997
Ord. No. 99-08, Amended, 1/21/1999
Ord. No. 99-41, Amended, 8/5/1999
Ord. No. 05-46, Amended, 11/3/2005
Ord. No. 08-50, Amended, 11/20/2008