Police Department plans sweep to remove illegal signs
by Special to the Banner
Jun 02, 2013 | 751 views | 0 0 comments | 5 5 recommendations | email to a friend | print
The Cleveland Police Department is trying to give adequate warning before city codes enforcement makes a sweep of the city to remove illegal signs posted in rights of way or attached to utility poles.

“We have had an influx of signs placed throughout our city. While the placing of signs is permissible, it is imperative that sign owners know and understand the standards of the city of Cleveland’s Sign Ordinance 2007-35, which was put in place to safeguard the public,” said Cleveland Police Chief Wes Snyder.

Snyder said it is pertinent to remember that any sign posted in a median or on a utility pole or street sign is a clear violation, and sign owners can and will be fined.

No part of any sign should be located within five feet of any public right of way.

Evie West, public information officer, said, “We are well aware that each of you has spent money on these signs and for that reason, we wish to inform you of the ordinance in case you were not aware.”

A good general rule of thumb is to remember that utility poles are placed in right of ways; therefore, signs are only permitted to be posted at a minimum distance of five feet from the utility pole.

When there is no utility pole, signs are permitted to be posted 10 feet from the edge of the pavement.

Posting signs and not returning to remove them is considered littering, and violators are subject to fines.

Posted signs not in compliance with this ordinance can and will be removed and discarded, and violators can and will be fined, officials said.

They also said it is the location of the sign that is of concern, not necessarily the content.