|Rossford councilman told to leave city sign enforcement to the police|
|Written by Sentinel-Tribune Staff|
|Thursday, 11 April 2013 08:21|
ROSSFORD - Mayor Neil MacKinnon advised Councilman Jerry Staczek to leave the enforcement of the city's sign ordinance to police at Monday's city council meeting.
Staczek, who has made the appearance of the community a pet issue since he was elected in 2011, told council that he's been taking it on himself to pull up signs that have sprouted in the right-of-way in the city, particularly in the commercial Crossroads of America area.
These could be advertising everything from religious messages and business services. They include help wanted signs for Fed Ex, which has a facility nearby in Perrysburg Township.
He said he used to harvest dozens of signs, but the number has decreased as of late. "I take them down and put them behind the police station," he said.
MacKinnon sought the advice of Law Director Kevin Heban about the advisability of either a member of council or mayor, removing signs.
"I'd rather not make an argument defending that," Heban responded. The preferred course would be to inform the police.
Staczek indicated police have not necessarily taken care of the problem in the past.
MacKinnon said he was sure a memo advising officers about the issue would be posted in the station on Tuesday. Chief Glenn Goss smiled in assent.
City Administrator Ed Ciecka said Fed Ex has been approached about the signs.
Staczek has intervened when he has spotted code violations. In December he had a expletive-laced confrontation with a homeowner and work crew over construction of a non-conforming driveway.
At the beginning of his remarks he reported on a nuisance property, which he had visited. "I had permission," he noted.
"From the property owner, I hope," the mayor said.
The property in question has a swimming pool that has not been maintained. Staczek said the pool was a danger to neighborhood children, a home for mosquitoes and a source of bad odors.
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