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Officials stepping up effort to rid roadways of sign clutter and used cars
From Direction Cobb Newspaper
County officials are stepping up their enforcement of laws aimed to rid roadways of sign clutter and used cars.
Cobb’s code enforcement unit is patrolling right-of-ways for temporary signs that are placed without proper authorization. The recently revised code section 134-313 states all temporary signs must be placed on private property with the property owner’s consent, officials said.
“As most of the existing weekend directional signs are placed without the consent of the property owner and placed too close to the street, the revised ordinance will make it much easier for code enforcement officers to remove improper signs,” said District 3 Commissioner Sam Olens.
These temporary signs include weekend directional signs for new subdivisions, home improvement services and yard sale signs. There should be only one weekend directional sign for any given place or event per 300 feet of road and must be at least five feet outside the right-of-way.
“These signs must be placed within one mile of the activity, place or event in order to comply with the law,” said Dale Tatum, Cobb County code enforcement manager.
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“First time violators will be given a warning, and subsequent violations could subject the person to fines from $200 up to $1,000 and possible jail time.”
All semi-permanent directional signs must be on private property with the property owner’s written consent and have to be at least 30 feet from the right-of-way. A maximum of five semi-permanent directional signs are allowed in an intersection area and each sign must be at least 150 feet away from each other.
The signs located at intersections and at other places along the road, should not obstruct or affect the visibility for drivers on the road. Only one semi-permanent sign advertising is allowed for any given place in one intersection area. Outside of an intersection area, one semi-permanent sign is allowed per lot. In other efforts to clean up roadways, Cobb police officers are issuing citations for illegally parked cars for sale.
“We have begun enforcing the statute regarding unauthorized display of motor vehicles for sale,” said Director of Public Safety Jimmy Arrowood. “We have received letters from business owners requesting removal of unauthorized parked vehicles.”
Owners who want to sell their vehicles have to seek permission from property owners before displaying their cars. However, owners of private property also have to follow the restrictions of a state statute. Code section 43-47-8.1 states that an owner or lessee of a property cannot display more than five used vehicles for sale within a 12-month period. Also, the property owner or lessee cannot display more than two vehicles at the same time.
“Some individuals have attempted to sell used cars at shopping centers and other lots without consent...our residents deserve clean and unobstructed roadways,” said Olens. “We must not allow our community to deteriorate due to unauthorized actions of a few individuals...we need more trees, not more litter next to our roads."
Residents should also be aware that parking vehicles on the right-of-way for the purpose of selling violates county ordinance Section 118-157 and their vehicles will be towed.
For more information on the statute and enforcement, please call (770) 528-2180 or visit the Web site www.cobbcounty.org.
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