Posted: Mind those signs
City sends letter to candidates about ad placement
October 10, 2005
A city of Steamboat Springs official has sent a letter to City Council candidates reminding them where they can — and cannot — place campaign signs.
Candidates are not allowed to put up signs on any public right-of-way or thoroughfare, which includes the right-of-ways on U.S. Highway 40 and Lincoln Avenue, City Clerk Julie Jordan said.
City officials identified three candidates who placed signs in the wrong areas: Loui Antonucci, Nancy Kramer and Bud Romberg.
Antonucci said he does his best to avoid putting his signs in right-of-ways. He said his signs are on private property, and he asked property owners if he could put them there.
Kramer said she was aware of one sign that a child put in the wrong place. She said it was the first day that she put out signs and that she had the sign moved right away.
Romberg said most of his signs are on private property. He said figuring out where signs can and cannot go is not easy.
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“It’s hard to tell where property ends and the right-of-way starts,” Romberg said.
Candidate Steve Ivancie said he sees people place signs in the right-of-way every election year and that he tries to keep his far from the road.
“Campaign signs are like mushrooms: they come up at the same time each year,” he said.
According to city regulations:
Candidates cannot affix a sign to any curb, sidewalk, post, pole, hydrant, bridge, tree or any other surface located on, over or across any public street, right-of-way, property or thoroughfare.
No one is allowed to place handbills on windshields of motor vehicles or on power or telephone poles.
Candidates do not need a permit to place signs in legal locations, but they must remove them by Nov. 8 this year.
On Election Day, no signs can be within 100 feet of a polling place.
The city also requests that candidates get the permission of private property owners before putting signs up on their property.