Crackdown On Illegally Placed Signs

Illegally placed signs will be removed or tagged with stickers for "Sign Sunday."

The Omaha Police Department and the Omaha Coalition of Citizen Patrols sponsors the annual day to rid Omaha neighborhoods of illegally placed signs.

"Really what we're looking for are signs that are placed in the public right-of-way. Generally, signs that are placed on the grassy area between the street and the sidewalk," said Sergeant Erin Payne.

Unless the signs are on private property, OPD and OCCP will tag the signs with bright neon stickers or remove them and take them to one of two drop off centers. If removed, people can pick up their signs at 87th and Ida or 52nd and Dayton Streets.

"Also, signs that are placed in the median, signs that are affixed to telephone poles and light poles," said Payne.

Neighbors say the signs can be a nuisance.

"It's distracting and an eyesore basically for the community," said Randall Mills as he mowed his lawn.

Payne says the day also serves as an opportunity to educate homeowners and neighbors about the proper places to post signs.

"A lot of homeowners don't realize that they can't for example just go down to the corner and put up a sign that says 'garage sale'," said Payne.

Fines for posting signs illegally can be up to 500 dollars. Last year, OPD and OCCP collected more than 600 signs.

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