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UPDATE: Fairfax County to Residents: Candidates Responsible for Removing Political Signs

County changes its advice

WEDNESDAY UPATE: Fairfax County has a new message to residents about who to call for the removal of political signs: It's the candidates.

"Political candidates are responsible for picking up their signs off roadways, but if you see political campaign signs on roadways that are causing a safety hazard call the Virginia Department of Transportation's customer service center at 1-800-367-7623 (1-800-FOR-ROAD) to have them removed," said a note sent out by the county today.

"Under state law (§33.1-373), these signs may not be placed on roads, medians or right of ways, which include sidewalks or ditches, and the area between utility lines or fences on the outside edges of state roads.

"On private property, campaign signs should be taken down within 15 days after the election.

Last week the county told the neighbors to call the Virginia Department of Transportation for the removal of the election debris. VDOT was not happy.

The county's latest advice agrees with McLean Patch readers. 75 people have taken our poll and they ALL say candidates should be responsible for removing their own signs.

Please weigh on on the poll.

TUESDAY UPDATE:  Who do you think should should be responsible for removing political signs after the election? Choices below.

We'll let you know the results.

UPDATE 12 NOON: VDOT to residents call political  campaign offices for sign removal.

"We're not a litter company," said Joan Morris of VDOT's Public Affairs Office, who wanted to make clear that VDOT should not be the first place people call to get political signs removed. "We remove the ones that are a hazard."

Usually campaigns are pretty good about cleaning up after election day, she said.

ORIGINAL STORY: SUN. NOV. 13:The remnants of Tuesday's election still remain along sidewalks and roadways in McLean --- the ubiquitous and numerous campaign signs.

Who you gonna call: This is the job of the Virginia Department of Transportation. You just need to cal the customer service center at 1-800-367-7623 (1-800-FOR-ROAD). Tell them the location and away they should go, according to a notice from Fairfax County government.

Under state law (§33.1-373), these signs may not be placed on roads, medians or right of ways, which include sidewalks or ditches, and the area between utility lines or fences on the outside edges of state roads, according to the county.

Only VDOT has the authority to remove signs from state roads and right of ways. On private property, campaign signs should be taken down within 15 days after the election.

Denise Shreeve November 13, 2011 at 12:56 PM
Why should our tax dollars go towards this? The candidate who had them placed should be responsible for removing them - especially since the majority of the signs seem to have been placed illegally on median strips, etc.
peter gross November 13, 2011 at 01:25 PM
You are so right; our tax dollars shouldn't. The question is why do they? I suppose it's because some winning politician got a law passed that it be so. Were removal up to the candidates and it didn't get done they might have to penalize themselves and we know the chances of that.
Citizen E November 13, 2011 at 01:57 PM
Campaigns should be fined for not taking their signs down, AND for placing THOUSANDS of them illegally all over our "roads, medians and right of ways." It's a disgusting waste of money and resources.
Will Radle November 13, 2011 at 04:29 PM
Voters see clear signs politicians are not listening when a week after the election, our grievance remains ignored with signs still everywhere. A. Will Radle, Jr. Creating a Culture of Listening http://fairfaxstation.patch.com/blog_posts/creating-a-culture-of-listening FairfaxAdvocates@gmail.com http://YouTube.com/WillRadle1
Hello Kitty November 13, 2011 at 10:05 PM
Now is the time to start pestering the BOS about a law that is in line with those of neighboring counties--that it is illegal to post signs on public rights of way, and there is a fine for doing so. FFX has the law, but it has no teeth, for obvious reasons.
Will Radle November 14, 2011 at 05:51 PM
Candidates share authority to remove their signs. Sadly, most politicians prefer to pass the cost to taxpayers. VDOT has higher priorities. Politicians are pulling public employees away from these priorities after they ignored established laws in the first place. Kitty, I appreciate you want us to pester politicians who treat you with disregard. Bulova violated the law and now fails to remove her signs; she is not listening. A. Will Radle, Jr. Creating a Culture of Listening http://fairfaxstation.patch.com/blog_posts/creating-a-culture-of-listening FairfaxAdvocates@gmail.com http://YouTube.com/WillRadle1
Urbane McVille November 15, 2011 at 04:32 PM
Campaigns are taking advantage of and abusing our cherished freedom of speech by contaminating our urban landscape with their signs. They should be made to pay a fee for putting up all those signs in the first place, and be penalized for not removing them in time. Their abandoned signs is litter like any other roadside litter.
Denise Shreeve November 17, 2011 at 02:05 PM
Thank you for keeping us updated on this. It's obvious that many were as disgusted as I was about the sea of political signs flowing across almost every median and roadside in the area. The waste of time and resources is appalling, and I cannot imagine that even ONE potential voter was influenced by them (except perhaps in a negative way.) I would like to know more about why these State laws are not being enforced, and what we citizens can do about it before the NEXT election season rolls around.
Will Radle November 17, 2011 at 02:27 PM
We have elections every year. Lawmakers unlawfully place signs in the median & then want taxpayers to pay for their removal. Fairfax County can follow the example set by the Town of Vienna. There are no signs on medians in Vienna. This will be another test to see if our politicians are listening and taking responsible action. A. Will Radle, Jr. Creating a Culture of Listening http://fairfaxstation.patch.com/blog_posts/creating-a-culture-of-listening FairfaxAdvocates@gmail.com http://YouTube.com/WillRadle1
Ruth McConnell November 20, 2011 at 05:46 AM
Can anything be done to increase the cost of printing political signs that will cost the candidates more for all the trash they create? The volume of signs is obscene and doesn't cost enough apparently.
Will Radle November 20, 2011 at 05:55 AM
Politicians in our local government are not listening and taking responsible action. Vienna provides a model as there are no signs on public property in the town of Vienna. Yes, something can be done. Hold politicians accountable for getting it done. A. Will Radle, Jr. Creating a Culture of Listening http://fairfaxstation.patch.com/blog_posts/creating-a-culture-of-listening FairfaxAdvocates@gmail.com http://YouTube.com/WillRadle1
Will Radle November 24, 2011 at 03:01 AM
Delegate Mark Sickles has campaign signs still unlawfully sitting on Fleet Drive even though he had neither a primary or general election challenger.

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