Someone would have to be blind not to see all the Paul Broun for U.S. Senate campaign signs that appeared almost overnight several weeks ago throughout Cobb.
However, I believe his campaign signs are posted in yards way too early for an election in 2014. This raises the question, how soon should political yard signs be allowed in peoples’ yards prior to Election Day? Many states and cities already limit posting political yard signs earlier than 90, 60 or even 30 days before Election Day.
Because of Broun’s early and excessive number of large yard signs, the Cobb County Commission now has an example of just how unruly things can get without reasonable regulations. In just a few months, the Broun signs will start to deteriorate and then litter and lessen the aesthetic quality of many of our clean-cut Cobb neighborhoods. Then the county code enforcement officers will have to bear the burden and time at the expense of the taxpayers to remove the worn out unsightly signs.
I propose that the Cobb Commission and Cobb DOT amend the sign code in order to establish reasonable start time limits on political yard signs. Our present code basically governs where each sign should be located relative to public property and the right-of-ways.
I also believe that most citizens and voters are tired of seeing political yard signs practically all year long and would welcome a regulation. In the long run, I believe a sensible political yard sign regulation can and will help clean up and improve our county.