NEWPORT CITY â€“ Council President John Wilson, Monday evening, expressed his displeasure about private signs placed throughout the city.
â€śI truly believe anyone who wants to put a sign up can put a sign up,â€ť said Wilson who is concerned that individuals are putting signs on private property. He said a sign advertising the golf course is up for the third time and the owner has been told it was in violation.
â€śI donâ€™t know how many times we have to tell them to take it down or do we take it down and dispose of it for them?â€ť asked Wilson.
City Manager John Ward Jr. said if the sign were on city property, the city would issue a letter of violation and hope the owners would remove it.
â€śIf they donâ€™t, it takes about a year to get to court,â€ť said Ward.
Wilson is also upset that someone placed a banner advertising the Waterfront Cinema on the fence near the bike path and someone else placed open art studio signs throughout the city.
â€śPeople put up yard sale signs, but damn it, if youâ€™re smart, youâ€™ll take it down after the event,â€ť said Wilson.
Wilson opposes the placement of banners and small signs advertising Wendyâ€™s Restaurant on city property.
â€śI think Wendyâ€™s might be violating something in our sign ordinances,â€ť said Wilson.
Ward said he already has a Wendyâ€™s sign in his office.
â€śYouâ€™re going to get more, I think,â€ť said Wilson, who also complained about a banner at the Family Dollar Store. â€śPeople are just sticking stuff up everywhere. I thought I was driving through Los Vegas, today.â€ť
Wilson also complained about Ron Paul political signs on telephone poles in the city. Thereâ€™s one sign on Landing Street that Wilson is afraid to remove.
â€śI donâ€™t want to get out of my truck and take it down because I donâ€™t want to get beat up by Ron Paulers,â€ť said Wilson.
One sign, Wilson said, is so nice, heâ€™d like place it on the wall of his garage.
â€śIf we have laws or ordinances, letâ€™s enforce them or get rid of the ordinance,â€ť he said.
Ward promised the city would remove any sign on city property.