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Cornelius News

Town considering tighter rules on campaign signs

More than 100 political signs outside of Town Hall

More than 100 political signs outside of Town Hall

Sept. 2. By Dave Vieser. With political campaign signs about to “grace” the town’s landscape, Cornelius officials are considering some minor additions to the town’s campaign sign law in order to match state ordinances.

Proposed changes:

—No sign shall be closer than three feet from the edge of the pavement of the road.

—Any political sign remaining in the right-of-way of the State or town highway system more than 30 days after Election Day may be removed by anyone without penalty.

—No sign shall obscure motorist visibility at an intersection.

The changes were reviewed by the town’s Land Development Code Advisory Board (LDCAB) Aug. 31. Members recommended approval to the Town Planning Board, which will meet Sept. 14.

The Cornelius Board of Commissioners will also need to approve the modifications.

Beware the Ides of September

Pursuant to state and town law, campaign signs may go up 30 days prior to the start of one-stop voting, which this year is Oct. 15.

Campaign signs should emerge in Cornelius on or about Sept. 15. Given the high interest in this year’s elections, along with some very close races, a bumper crop can be expected.