** UPDATES **
December 6 — noticed the anti-Obama banner is gone
November 30 — Romney sign and Baumgardner sign taken down (see comments below)
I’m talking to you Doug Wight. Take down these campaign signs. Yes, I know Gold Ring Pawn is in Garfield County — not Silt city limits — therefore Silt ordinances do not apply in this case. However Garfield County Signs Code does.
Article XI Signs:
2. Temporary Political Campaign Signs. Signs announcing candidates seeking public office, with pertinent data, and signs relating to ballot issues, with pertinent data, subject to the following limitations:
a. Political campaign signs in any residential district shall not exceed five (5) square feet per sign face or ten (10) square feet total area of signage.
b. Political campaign signs in commercial zone districts shall not exceed a maximum sign area of thirty-two (32) square feet for each sign face.
c. Political campaign signs shall be setback a minimum of eight (8) feet from the nearest pavement edge.
d. Political campaign signs shall be removed no later than seven (7) days after the election for which they are intended.
The election is over. Take down the signs.
Now let’s talk about this banner –
I’m all for free speech. And I love signs. So does my grandson.
This one turned into a teachable moment for me and almost-4-year-old Bodi. “Nana, what is ‘kiss our ass’?” He doesn’t miss a thing.
“Um … hmmm. Welp – good for you. Your reading skills are getting betterer and betterer.”
If I could, I’d put signs all over my yard. Bodi would love it. But we all have to abide by the rules. However enforcement is often selective and arbitrary in Silt and Garfield County — the Wild West. Around here we have to resort to protests and acts of civil disobedience to make sure the rules apply to everyone — equally.
Luckily the rules are actually written down somewhere. According to GarCo Signs Code all signs require a Sign Permit. I’ll go out on a limb here and bet Doug Wight doesn’t have a permit for his banner. It probably involves a sign permit fee. And as the whole world now knows he don’t need no stinkin government, like the one that built the paved highway in front of his business.
Anyhoo he needs to produce a Sign Permit or take down the banner. Maybe he should get his own blog – it’s free!
I’m on a roll, people. This is more fun than Angry Birds. Clearing out the gaspatch one sign at a time. If only I could use a sling shot. But then I’m easily amused — I hang with a toddler. Want to play? Send me photos of any other illegal campaign signs: firstname.lastname@example.org
OBTW readers, remember the “blue ozone” Dr. Theo Colborn talked about? Look at the sign photos above again. There it is in the background. Fracking smog … or as Bodi says, “Blechh!”