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DPW Hears Complaints about Campaign Signs

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Submitted by David Barrow

Campaigning for the fall elections is getting started, so officials with the city-parish Department of Public Works are once again dealing with the problem of political signs going up in the wrong spots. "It's something we go through a couple of times every single year," says Pete Newkirk, East Baton Rouge public works director. Newkirk says political campaigns are supposed to get sign permits. When campaigns pick up the permits, they receive a list of posting rules and regulations. Those rules forbid putting signs in right-of-ways, medians, and boulevards and between the street and the sidewalk. Generally, if DPW has a problem with sign placement, Newkirk says the first step is to let the campaign know. "After that, we just start picking up a bunch of signs," he says.

1 Comment

  1. Captain Obvious

    July 23, 2010 at 9:33 am

    Central is already starting to look like a political sign trash bin again. We get only about 18 months every four years of our city roads clean from these eyesores. Big disappointment.

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