Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

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March 26, 2014

Political signs incorrectly placed in area

WELCH — With another election season right around the corner, officials in McDowell County say they are seeing a lot of political signs incorrectly placed along roadway right-of-ways.

According to a press release from McDowell County Sheriff Martin West, as per state code the sheriff's office, acting with the McDowell County Solid Waste Authority, is removing political signs or business signs on the right-of-way highways. Signs that have been confiscated can be retrieved at the local West Virginia State Road Garage.

“We have seen this happening a lot recently with the upcoming elections. But as soon as we take them down they are right back up,” Sgt. J.E. Muncy of the McDowell County Sheriff’s Office said.

Department of Highways District 10 manager Tom Camden said it is illegal to place anything along the roadway. “For example, these signs or anything else placed along a right-a-way is a hazard when we are trying to mow or do any other type of work. These signs also are a litter issue when we get a storm with lots of wind they blow away and then the signs are all over the place,” Camden said. “I have not noticed a lot of signs this year it really just depends on the election going on. During the bigger elections the signs become a real problem.”

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