Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Take down signs: town

Garage sale season is in full swing, and that means signs and posters advertising these sales are everywhere.
But sometimes these notices are left up long after the garage and yard sales have happened.

And during a time of year when Fort Frances is adorned with flowers and greenery, and tourists and out-of-town family and friends come to visit, it makes the town look littered.
As per the town bylaw, the public is allowed to post signs for garage and yard sales on utility poles around town.
They can go up two days in advance of the garage sale and must be taken down within three days of it closing.
If the person who put up the sign does not take it down, the town will take action as prescribed by the Provincial Offences Act.
That may include town staff removing the sign, with the cost of doing then passed on to the owner of the property where event took place.
Town bylaw enforcement officer Patrick Briere said signs being left up too long definitely is an issue.
“They put them up, no problem; they follow the rules that way,” he noted.
“But it’s getting them removed from the posts around town that seems to be the problem.
“We go around and remove some of them that we see,” added Briere. “They already have addresses and stuff on them, and we will send letters out to people.
“Once we do that, we get phone calls back.”
Briere said the bylaw department will try to work with parties involved through education first, but will resort to enforcement (i.e., charging for the cost of removing the sign) when necessary.
“Just make sure you do remove your signs when you’re done your garage sales,” he urged.
“We do get complaints from other residents around town,” noted Briere.
“Utility companies contact us, as well—the FFPC lets us know when the light poles get pretty filled up.
“We monitor Scott Street, too, and the waterfront,” added Briere.
“High-traffic areas.”
Briere reminded the public to heed the bylaw, noting the rationale behind it is to keep the town looking beautiful.

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