Po­lit­i­cal signs reg­u­lated in Bella Vista

The Weekly Vista - - Front Page - KEITH BRYANT [email protected]

Cam­paign signs are vis­i­ble along­side streets all over Bella Vista.

Buddy Ver­netti with the Ar­chi­tec­tural Con­trol Com­mit­tee said it’s im­por­tant to be aware and mind­ful of the rules for where signs may be placed in Bella Vista.

Ac­cord­ing to a fact sheet pub­lished by the city, signs dur­ing pub­lic elec­tions do not re­quire a per­mit but do re­quire the prop­erty owner’s per­mis­sion. They may not be placed on util­ity poles, street signs or other per­ma­nent signs and can­not ob­struct driv­ers’ vi­sion at in­ter­sec­tions. They must be made from durable and weather-re­sis­tant ma­te­rial and can­not be placed in a pub­lic right-of-way.

Signs are al­lowed up to 60 days be­fore a pub­lic elec­tion and must be re­moved within two days af­ter the elec­tion date or any runoff pub­lic elec­tion date.

They may be a max­i­mum of five square feet and a prop­erty may have one for each 20 feet of street frontage in res­i­den­tial dis­tricts. In non­res­i­den­tial dis­tricts, the max­i­mum area is 18 square feet.

Signs placed il­le­gally within the right-of-way will be re­moved im­me­di­ately, ac­cord­ing to the fact sheet, and held for one week for owner re­trieval. Vi­o­la­tions of the sign or­di­nance may re­sult in a fine of up to $1,000.

POA com­mon prop­erty is not

avail­able for cam­paign sign use. Staff at­tor­ney Doug McCash said the POA’s pol­icy for­bids the plac­ing of po­lit­i­cal signs,

posters or other cam­paign pol­icy on any com­mon prop­erty.

Ver­netti said his of­fice doesn’t is­sue fines but does col­lect the signs and holds on to them in case any­one wants to pick them up. The signs can be ex­pen­sive, he said, and he’d pre­fer not to toss them.

But en­forc­ing these rules has added to his work­load.

“It does take a con­sid­er­able amount of time be­cause, you know, we’ve got state, fed­eral and lo­cal elec­tions go­ing on,” he said.

Can­di­dates give out their signs, he said, and peo­ple put them every­where.

The best course of ac­tion for any­one who is un­sure of where to place their signs is to ask, he said. Res­i­dents may call the ACC at 479-855-8080 or Com­mu­nity De­vel­op­ment Ser­vices at 479-2684980 with any ques­tions.

Keith Bryant/The Weekly Vista

Cam­paign signs are sprout­ing up all over Bella Vista.

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