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Signage crackdown working

<p>Bylaw officers have ticketed more than 150 people and removed more than 7,000 illegally placed signs from roadsides around town since launching the signage crackdown back in May.</p>




Sign, sign, everywhere a sign — but not in Edmonton anymore.





That’s what city bylaw officials are saying after stepping up signage enforcement this summer — there are less illegally placed signs blockin’ out the scenery and breaking people’s minds.





“In past years it has really fallen off the wayside since we weren’t aggressive in ticketing those that were responsible in putting up those signs,” said Keith Scott, a field supervisor for the city’s complaints and investigations department.





“Now, after councillors told us to be proactive, we feel that many businesses are getting the message.”





Bylaw officers have ticketed more than 150 people and removed more than 7,000 illegally placed signs from roadsides around town since launching the signage crackdown back in May.





“Most are upset about getting tickets, but a majority of them do understand what they are doing,” said Scott.





Scott says the signs end up as litter and are an eyesore, as well as hazards to city road maintenance crews.





According to bylaw officials, the biggest culprits of the bylaw include real estate companies, dot-com businesses and residents advertising garage sales.





Only certain types of realtor open house signs, sandwich boards and election signs are allowed on city property.





Business owners erecting illegal signs can face a $110 fine for each one.


 
 
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