Archive for Thursday, March 24, 2005

Candidate signs snagged

March 24, 2005

This wasn't exactly like Nixon's henchmen breaking into the Watergate, but nonetheless, a recent political snafu by several Basehor candidates drew scorn from city codes officials.

Last week, building inspector and codes enforcement officer Mark Lee removed 10 to 15 yard signs promoting city government candidates from land in the city's right of way.

City planner Angela Solberg said all candidates except Chris Garcia, a mayoral candidate, violated city ordinance by placing signs on municipal property.

In December 2002, Basehor amended its ordinance regulating signs and billboards. A section of the amended ordinance 397 includes a provision that allows political campaign signs not exceeding 8 square feet in residential districts and 16 square feet in commercial districts for a time period of four weeks before an election. However, the amended ordinance political signs in the public right of way.

Solberg said her office took a complaint from a Basehor resident concerning political signs being located on the right of way. Lee called all the candidates in violation last Wednesday and those signs not removed by the candidates were picked up and returned to the candidates on Monday.

Lee said the complaint lodged with City Hall regarding the political signs did not come from a candidate.

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