The Cynthiana City Commission passed a new ordinance Tuesday night that instructs all city employees to remove signs from utility poles.
The ordinance was effective yesterday.
Billy Grayson, commissioner of public utilities, made a special motion because, he said, the ordinance will greatly improve the appearance of the city.
The hanging of signs on utility poles is illegal, but some people seem to do it regardless, he said.
There is a city code against this practice because it is a distraction to traffic flow and gives an unpleasant appearance to visitors, Grayson said.
He added that it also could potentially be a safety issue with rusty nails sticking out of the poles.
City officials will be taking down signs and throwing them away without citation until Jan. 1, 2011.
Grayson said he hopes this response will discourage others from doing it too.
At night when city officials will not be working, police officers will also assume this duty.
“This is our city, this is our town, and it will only be as good as we make it,” Grayson said.
There are some exceptions to the rule though.
Signs on personal mailboxes or ones that have their own stick will not be removed.
For the complete story, see this week's print edition of The Cynthiana Democrat.