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If those 2×3-foot signs that pop up on every corner are illegal, why are they still on every intersection?

Judy Royal
StarNews

Q. If those 2×3-foot signs that pop up on every corner are illegal, why are they still on every major and minor intersection in town? They are totally annoying and make out town look like Hillbillyville. Doesn’t the city have a sign enforcement division or something of the sort just for this purpose?

A. “For the most part they are illegal if not a political sign,” said John Fullerton, Wilmington zoning administrator.

Enforcement is usually complaint-driven, due to a lack of manpower, and the city doesn’t get too many reports of this type unless it’s from a competing business, especially with mattress- and furniture-sale signs, Fullerton said.

“If the signs are on the right-of-way, generally on the street side or power poles, code enforcement or any of their employees can just pick them up and throw them away, ” he said. “But if they stopped every time they saw a violation, then they’d probably never get to the complaint.”

Illegal signs on private property have to go through a notification process before fines are issued and can’t be removed by city employees, Fullerton added, so that also makes enforcement difficult. Oftentimes those putting up the signs don’t know about the code, either, he said.

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2 Responses to “ If those 2×3-foot signs that pop up on every corner are illegal, why are they still on every intersection?”

  1. On June 11, 2012 at 7:58 am william orton wrote:

    Uhmm… Why don’t the code compliance people make two easy phone calls? One to the Discount Mattress people, and the other to the Discount Furniture people and tell them to take down their illegal signs? Their phone numbers are right there on the signs. That would eliminate 95% of the signs. Too hard?

  2. On June 17, 2012 at 2:58 pm Kelly wrote:

    Now William, You know that would be too simple…



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