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Campaign signs can cause problems
October 14, 2010 Jerry Purvis   
Every election year, campaign signs pop up like mushrooms. The presence of those signs, though not often, can lead to problems.

The problem usually involves where the signs are placed. Gering’s ordinance states the signs may only be placed on private property. The time limit is eight weeks prior to a primary or general election. The signs must be removed no later than five days after the election.

Gering City Clerk Rosie Russell said copies of the ordinance are given to candidates when they file for office. The ordinance is also sent to media outlets for distribution.

Russell said informing candidates of the ordinance is standard procedure every election year, not done as a response to complaints. Gering Police Chief Mel Griggs said that so far this year, his office has not received any complaints about campaign signs.

Gering resident Reinhardt Rahmig didn’t lodge a formal complaint, but one of Ed Mayo’s mayoral signs was problematic for him. “Mayo asked me about putting a sign in my yard during the primary,” Rahmig said. “I forgot all about it until one morning, his signs were all over the corner on the neighbors’ property.”

He said he moved the sign into an area were new grass was planted, so he wouldn’t have to move the sign for mowing. But now, an unknown pedestrian is using the newly seeded area for a shortcut.

But Mayo said he always looks for location of fence lines, placement of fire hydrants and poles before placing any of his signs. One of the larger signs that stand out is on Five Rocks Road at the entrance to Five Rocks Amphitheater.

“That one is on private property and is nowhere near the state’s right-of-way,” he said. “In fact, the homeowner suggested I place the sign where I did.”

Mayo added that if he receives complaints about his campaign signs, he will be happy to move them.

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