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Election is over but campaign signs are still everywhere

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Updated: 11/09/2012 6:19 am
Time is running out to get those political signs down. The county and each city has their local laws. News 3's Sandra Gonzalez is live in the newsroom with more on the sign deadlines. For the most part, since election day ended, the clock started ticking for a two week deadline. Those responsible for putting them up must take them down.

LAS VEGAS (KSVN & MyNews3) -- Election Day is over, but political signs are still posted across Clark County. Candidates and campaigns have about two weeks to get them down.

The county and cities in the Las Vegas Valley have municipal codes to deal with political signs to avoid blight. And with the onslaught or windy cooler November weather, some signs may be blown around; adding potential traffic hazards the mix.

That concerns the Nevada Highway Patrol.

“Whether they are going to be at intersections travelling down the roadway, even on our freeways every once in a while we will see one that will end up out there just because the wind keeps blowing them,” said Trooper Loy Hixson.

Winds were blowing some signs, especially those attached to fences.

While some of the larger signs were mounted to wooden platforms, there were tinier ones planted with rebar in fields along intersections. Those smaller ones are at risk of being blown away and possibly posing another safety problem if the campaign doesn’t remove the whole sign.

“We have noticed that some of the signs have been coming down but they have been leaving the rebar posts that they're in, and those can become a safety hazard. So we ask that when they remove the signs they remove everything,” said Clark County Code Enforcement Supervisor Cindy Lucas.

Most of the municipalities in the region require the signs to be removed within two weeks, then code enforcement steps in and removes the signs.

“They are removed in 15 days, then the candidates or campaign managers are sent a removal notice which gives them 30 days to pick up the signs. At the end of 30 days if they are not picked up, the signs are destroyed or recycled,” Lucas said.

In the cities of Las Vegas or North Las Vegas, there could be a price. That price could be a fee involving the cost of the sign removal by the city, but usually it doesn’t get to this level.

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