ArlVaShark posted the below in the Virginia Forum. It really deserves front-page attention as this NEWS Media story shows a co-coordinated community effort to combat litter.
Loudoun County Launches Volunteer Program to Remove Illegal Signs "
April 28, 2009 Loudoun County Launches Volunteer Program to Remove Illegal Signs
Loudoun County has launched a volunteer sign collection program to remove illegally placed signs from within the Commonwealth of Virginia’s right-of-ways located in the county.
More than 40 volunteers attended a recent orientation and safety program and were briefed on the program guidelines. The volunteers will supplement the use of existing staff resources for the effort.
"In addition to our efforts with staff and volunteers, we’re also asking for cooperation from the private sector in curtailing the placement of illegal advertisements along the county roadways," said Keith Fairfax, Loudoun County Zoning Enforcement Program Manager.
The Code of Virginia prohibits advertising within the limit of any highway, which includes the roadway, shoulders, and median strips. Penalties for placing such illegal signs can include the removal of the advertisement, a $100 fine, and having to pay the costs of removal. Businesses that routinely place illegal signs in right-of-ways could be subject to injunctive actions through the court to prevent their continued placement of illegal signs.
The pilot program will run through June 30, 2009, at which time staff will report back to the Board of Supervisors on the effectiveness of the program efforts and will receive direction on continuing the effort.
#1. "RE: Volunteer Program to Remove Signs " In response to Reply # 0
This will definitely help me. I’m meeting with my local City Councilman, City Attorney and CE on June 8th to put together a Volunteer program in our City. They asked that I provide as much information from other City's that are currently providing volunteer programs.
#3. " Volunteer Program -- Hillsborough County Texas" In response to Reply # 0
Small, illegal signage now in the crosshairs of volunteers 28/04/2011 11:25:00 Melody_Jameson
Driven by mandates to reduce costs, code enforcement instituted the volunteer program about a year ago, according to Andy Pfeiffer, an inspector as well as supervisor who conducts the training classes. “We were charged to do more with less,” he noted.
Added to this is the fact that many citizens are very much concerned with the appearances of their roads and streets, and are inveterate sign pullers independently before becoming formal volunteers, Pfeiffer said.
Currently, five trained volunteers are collecting the illegal signage around the county.
Another eight have completed the classroom work and now are undergoing background checks through the county’s human resources section, reports which then will be reviewed by the county attorney’s office, Pfeiffer noted. Once vetted, Hillsborough County style, the volunteers are to be equipped with orange vests and authorizing identification, he added.
Anne Cross, a Sun City Center resident, is among the group of eight new volunteers and the only one identified as living in the South County.
#4. "City seeks help removing illegal signs -- Springfield, MO" In response to Reply # 0
City seeks help removing illegal signs
04:44 PM, May. 16, 2011 Written by News-Leader staff
The city again is turning to residents for help removing illegal signs from public right-of-way.
City code prohibits the placement of advertisements on public right-of-way, generally defined as the area from the street curb to the outer edge of a public sidewalk. Signs and advertisements also are banned on utility poles.
The ordinance typically is enforced only on a complaint basis or when Public Works employees mow grass, but the city hopes to step up sign removal with help from the public.
About 25 people volunteered for an earlier effort in the fall, the city...
#5. "Your sign may be in storage -- -- Omaha NB" In response to Reply # 0
Published Wednesday June 8, 2011 Your sign may be in storage
By Ellen Jean Hirst WORLD-HERALD STAFF WRITER
If your sign was taken down by the Omaha Coalition of Citizen Patrols on Sunday, you may be able to get it back.
The signs are stored at the street maintenance building at 52nd and Dayton Streets. The building is open from 7 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., and people can come look for their signs in bins past the front gate, on the right.
The Omaha Coalition of Citizen Patrols spent Sunday taking down signs for garage sales and lawn services, among other signs placed on public property without a permit. It is illegal to place signs in the right of way, the section of land between the sidewalk and curb. About 150 signs were taken down or marked Sunday.
Chris Costantakos, president of the Omaha Coalition of Citizen Patrols, suggested people put signs in their yards, or ask neighbors’ permission to place signs in their yards.
But Mary Ann Hayes, an Omaha Realtor, says there should be an exception for real estate signs.
“We absolutely need those spots on Sunday afternoons to direct people to our open houses,” Hayes said.
Hayes said issuing thousands of permits each weekend would be impractical for the city.
“We shouldn’t have to get permits,” Hayes said. “That’s absurd.”
Colleen McLeay of Omaha had to take her three children to the maintenance building to retrieve her real estate sign Monday. McLeay and Hayes both said taking down garage sale signs and lawn service signs makes sense, but in today’s economy, taking down real estate signs doesn’t.
“I get why they’re doing the cleanup, but this was just a huge waste of time for everybody,” McLeay said.
#7. "Volunteer Program to Remove Signs BROKEN ARROW, Oklahoma " In response to Reply # 0
BROKEN ARROW, Oklahoma -- A group of volunteers in Broken Arrow are cracking down on illegal signs at street corners.
The Broken Arrow Chamber Beautification Committee is encouraging residents to become volunteers with Adopt-A-Corner and help clean the city.
Volunteers gathered Saturday at the Broken Arrow City Hall for a short training session on safe sign removal. City officials say the signs are more than a nuisance, they can be dangerous when they block the right of way.
"This way as soon as the signs get up, we hope the volunteers can remove them immediately and discourage people from doing illegal placement of signs to begin with," said Wade McCaleb, who is a city councilor.
Officials estimate there are more than 140 corners to keep clean. They'd liked to start more training sessions soon.
#8. "Sign, sign, everywhere a sign -- --- Mesa Arizona" In response to Reply # 0
East Valley Tribune
Posted: Sunday, July 3, 2011 8:00 am
On various street corners throughout Mesa, you'll find signs: Garage sale. Car wash. Sell your gold. These paper or cardboard messages can remain long past the time they are put up, littering the landscape. So the Mesa Sign Sweep Volunteers swoop in to clear out the clutter.
The City of Mesa is seeking volunteers for its official nuisance sign removal team. Volunteers help the Code Compliance Division by removing illegal signs throughout the city. Sweeps take place monthly at various times. Volunteers must provide and own a vehicle for use during sweeps. They must also have a valid Arizona driver's license and be at least 18.