Town’s sign ordinance affects political signs

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With the upcoming Change in the Form of Government Election Referendum June 9, Williamston Police Chief Tony Taylor reminds anyone interested or considering placing an election related sign or other type sign in the Town of Williamston of the town’s recently implemented sign ordinance.

Taylor reminds businesses and the public that a $100 deposit (refundable) is required. Signs are not allowed in public right of ways and signs may be placed on private property with the permission of the property owner.

The town’s sign ordinance states:

Permit is not required for the following types of signs in any zoning district. However, such signs shall conform to the applicable requirements set forth in this article.

Signs erected in connection with elections or political campaigns.

These signs may only be erected 45 days prior to an election. Such signs shall be removed no later than seven days following the election or conclusion of the campaign. No such sign may exceed 16 square feet in surface area. Signs are not permitted in the public right-of-way. Signs may only be placed on property with the permission of the property owner.

A person who wishes to place political or campaign signs in the town shall first deposit $100.00 with the town treasurer. The deposit will be refunded at the discretion of the police chief if such signs are removed no later than seven days after the election. In the event of a runoff election, signs for candidates in the runoff election are not required to be removed until seven days following the runoff election.

For more information contact the Town of Williamston or Williamston Police Department.

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