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Code says illegal signs face summary removal

Last Modified: Wednesday, March 05, 2014 12:57 PM

By Andrew Perzo / American Press

Somebody has put out hundred of “I buy houses” signs all over the parish. Why doesn’t the parish call the phone number and have them pick up the signs? Also, why don’t they get the roofer and plumber and other signs taken down?

Wes Crain, Calcasieu Parish planning and development director, said residents can report illegally placed signs to code enforcement officials at 721-3600.

Under Section 26-79 of the parish code, signs like those the reader refers to “will be summarily removed and destroyed or disposed of in the most cost effective manner available.”

The provision applies to “wooden stake signs, small cardboard signs, light paper signs, and signs nailed to utility poles, trees, etc.” — that is, signs that have “no apparent value.”

Political and real estate signs placed in rights of way will likewise be discarded by parish officials, according to the code. Illegally placed large signs that require wooden supports will be labeled with an “illegal” sticker and be removed five days later.

“When structures, signs, obstacles, etc., are of a permanent nature with significant value, the owner will be notified by certified mail to remove it within five (5) days or such other period as may be agreed upon. When items do not have significant value but do retain some apparent value, the owner shall be notified orally or in writing to remove it within five (5) days or such other period as may be agreed upon,” reads the code.

“All signs of significant or apparent value will be marked with an approved sticker as ‘ILLEGAL’ at the time of owner notification. If the owner is unknown or cannot be found, a written notice ‘OBJECT ENCROACHMENT’ sticker shall be affixed to the object setting forth that it must be removed within five (5) days from the date specified.”

The parish will dispose of any signs that owners fail to remove. But, the code says, the owners of the signs will be expected to pay “for any damages to the public property or expenditure of public funds resulting from the installation or removal of such items.”

Online: www.municode.com.

In case you missed it, those numbers again

Experience has taught The Informer that as soon as it answers a certain kind of question — on noise, say, or litter — another reader will ask the same question in the days immediately after the answer appeared in the paper.

So, in an effort to head readers off at the pass, The Informer will quickly revisit a topic from Monday’s column.

To lodge complaints about trash cans left out too long in unincorporated areas, call parish public works officials at 721-3700. In Sulphur, call 528-9534. In Lake Charles, call 491-1334.

The Informer answers questions from readers each Sunday, Monday and Wednesday. It is researched and written by Andrew Perzo, an American Press staff writer. To ask a question, call 494-4098 and leave voice mail, or email informer@americanpress.com.

Posted By: Stacy Stelly On: 3/10/2014

Title: Signs

Try to keep in mind the time devoted to removing signs costs our parish and state money. As taxpayers we will be paying for such removal of signs. Also I want to know why someone would worry themselves about signage as opposed to the millions of other things life throws at a person.

Posted By: David P On: 3/5/2014

Title: Signs

How about those crosses on the sides of roads? There is a place for remembrance of our dead and that's a cemetery!

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