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Signs a concern in Steubenville

STEUBENVILLE — The proliferation of signs in city rights of way hasn’t gone unnoticed.

Sixth Ward Councilman Bob Villamagna, who says they’re “everywhere,” wants them gone.

“Roofing companies, construction companies, fortune tellers … they’ve got signs all over city rights of ways,” Villamagna said. “It’s getting out of control. It just looks tacky, and it’s illegal. They’re not allowed to have them.”

Villamagna said signs simply aren’t allowed, and pointed out how in the past, city work crews would gather them when they saw them. “Can we have them pick up signs like they used to?” he asked.

“They hinder people coming out of their driveway blocking their vision and they look trashy,” he said. “Wind blows them in the street, causing more litter.”

Sanitation Supervisor Bob Baird said he’d ask crews to “put a little extra effort in that.”

“Any signage on a city right of way or city property is illegal, but we tend to only (pick them up) when we’re there working, doing maintenance,” he said. “We had an issue (this week), a call at the corner of Lovers Lane and Coal Hill Road. It was a line of sight issue as well.”

Baird said when city workers pull signs, “they bring them to the public works garage and we hold them for 30 days.”

“People can come and collect their property,” he added. “If they fail to do so, we throw them away.”

Baird said they’ve already pulled some of the offending signs, but said it “will be an ongoing process.”

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