Resident has several problems with city's policy on sign placement for garage sale
April 27, 2013 at 3:05 p.m.
Updated April 26, 2013 at 11:27 p.m.
Editor, the Advocate:
Do you realize that the city of Victoria now employs a person to pick up garage sale signs?
When I purchased a city permit for a garage sale recently, I was made aware of code enforcers removing signs that were placed on public property. Much to my dismay, my signs were removed even though they were on private property with permission.
When I called the city, the employee said that all garage sale signs are considered illegal because they are "temporary signage."
So, the city will sell you a permit to hold an event, but the permit fails to inform you that signs advertising it are considered "temporary signage," and it employs someone to remove the signs. There is definitely a problem with that scenario.
The second issue with the signs being removed is that the city employee said signs can be posted in the yard where the sale is held. So, if the sign is "temporary signage" on one person's property, why is it not "temporary signage" on the property where the sale is being held? Does the sign change form like water changes to ice when frozen by being placed in a different location?
The third issue with the signs being removed is that the city employee told me that signs being held up by people are not "temporary signage." When I asked if the city would approve my sending a child to stand on John Stockbauer holding a garage sale sign, the employee said, "I guess so." Really, Victoria?
The fourth issue with the signs being removed is that the city employee told me that code enforcers will not be picking up political signs. The city employee said they were only doing what they were told to do. Hmm ...
The last issue with the signs being removed is that the police department eliminated the service of officers responding to some auto wrecks to save money, but the city employee told me that their department was allowed to hire an additional employee just to pick up garage sale signs. Really, Victoria - where are the priorities?
Eden Yaklin, Victoria