As election season heats up, Planning & Zoning Commission member Chip Stephens sent this email to all political parties in town: Democrats, Republicans, Save Westport Now and the Coalition for Westport.
“Let’s see if it works,” he says hopefully.
As P & Z enforcement officers, Al Gratrix and I have worked hard to keep illegal signs at bay. We try our best to keep legal signs, like campaign signs, in proper and legal places, and hope to keep campaign signs away from restricted areas.
Here are the simple rules we hope all will respect:
- Please do not place where signs will block traffic views
- Do not place within parks or beaches
- Schools are restricted, but some do not enforce; placement is at your risk
- Do not place on state or interstate roads (during the past few years, the state has removed these signs weekly)
- Try not to trash the public-sponsored gardens
- Try to limit 1 sign per intersection
- Finally, try to practice civil signage: Don’t place your sign directly on another’s sign. Instead, offset your sign, or move it a few feet away.
NOTE : P & Z will not remove campaign signs. Please don’t call the office; it was not us.
Every year, a few people who don’t like signs or are just bad apples take signs down
Look around where a missing sign was. Often you will find it lying nearby. If state crews removed the sign, you may find it in the sand shed in the state truck property across from Sherwood Diner. (You are allowed to reclaim your signs if they are there.)
Please use common sense, as if it was your property. It is your town, so please try to follow the rules.
Thanks, and good luck to all,
Meanwhile, alert “06880” reader — and Westport voter — Matthew Murray writes:
So who’s Joe?
I can’t tell whether he’s a Republican, Democrat or from Mars. It has me intrigued, but I’m not going to vote for him.
He is also quite prolific with his sign placement — though every corner is a bit much.