Two local communities are considering, or have approved changes to zoning associated with political signs.
It’s election season so political signs are everywhere. Often, they linger well-after Election Day, prompting a lot of frustration among residents.
This isn’t a zip code problem, or community-by-community issue. It’s a problem everywhere.
Those issues, as well as concerns overall about the look of political signs in yards or near roadways, prompted Auburn City Council to approve zoning changes – limiting how long political signs can be displayed.
Council unanimously authorized an ordinance changing part of the city’s code last week. The new code says that signs cannot be placed more than 45 days ahead of election. They will also need to be removed 5 days after an election.
The original measure in Auburn had 30 days before, and 24 hours after Election Day. However, due to early voting – elected leaders there thought 45 days and 5 days would be a fair compromise.
Every city council member there voted to approve the change.
Meanwhile, the Seneca Falls Town Board received push-back on a proposed local law that would regulate political signs.
Susan Sauvageau, Rachel Weil, Michael Calabrese and John Quattrochiocci voiced concerns about the local law, which would limit size and location of the signs.
Elected officials in Seneca Falls debated the signage issue at its September meeting. Profanity on signs, as well as location of signs in relation to area roadways were both concerns mentioned.
A copy of the local law could not be found on the Town’s website, in agenda or minutes sections from the Town Board’s recent meetings.
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