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City Begins Clean-Up of Signs at Intersections and on Telephone Poles

The city is once again seeking out volunteers to help rid Springfield of many of the unsightly signs that continue to pop-up alongside roadways. In June, two training sessions will be held to educate citizens on the proper protocol to follow when removing these eye-sores. KSMU’s Justin Lux has the details.

The city’s attempt to clean-up many of the telephone poles and public right-of-ways throughout Springfield proactively began last fall with a similar initiative. And while city spokesman Mike Brothers says there are more pressing needs, this is just another way for citizens to help keep Springfield clean.

“Our idea was maybe we can ask some citizens to help beautify their neighborhood, their area, kind of keep an eye out for these sort of things and if they are so inclined maybe help us clean it up,” Brothers says.

Springfield City Code prohibits the placement of advertisements within the right-of-way of any public street. However, this law has been difficult to enforce, especially as of late.

Brothers says that with the economy the way it’s been the last few years, homemade signs continue to be plastered up advertising businesses and yard sales. Often times these signs remain in place until a complaint is made or public works employees mow the grass.

For this reason, the city will aim to educate volunteers on how to spot and remove these illegal signs. However, Brothers says it’s important that not just anyone goes around removing these signs.

“We definitely don’t want anybody to just go out and do this. We are asking that they come in and spend about an hour with us kind of going over what we’re expecting and how to go about this,” he says.

The training sessions will be held on Monday, June 6 and Thursday, June 23. Both will take place at 5:30 in room L45 of the Busch Municipal Building on 840 Boonville Avenue.

For KSMU News, I’m Justin Lux.