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City of Hood River to enforce sign violations

What if all your hard-earned garage sale proceeds went to paying off a city fine for those signs you stuck on power poles?

It’s something to consider.

Signs posted on utility poles and trees are the source of increased complaints, according to Code Enforcement Officer Marty Morgan of the City of Hood River.

Morgan said Hood River Police Department has received a number of recent complaints concerning yard and garage sale signs.

“Not only are they an eye sore and create unwanted litter by being left out long after the sale has ended, but you could be fined for displaying these signs on utility poles and trees,” Morgan said.

The City of Hood River and the Code Enforcement branch of the City Police Department are requesting that signs not be posted throughout the city advertising yard, garage, estate or other sales.

Morgan cited Municipal Code 18.02.120 Prohibited Signs, paragraph 2 and 3:

“2. Portable Signs: Portable or bench signs, excluding sandwich boards located on private property, are prohibited.

“3. Pole and Tree Signs: Signs placed on, painted on, or affixed to any utility pole or tree, are prohibited.”

This applies to yard, garage and other sale signs placed within the city limits.

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Municipal Code 18.02.160 Penalties, states:

“Failure to comply with the provisions of this chapter shall constitute a violation and will be subject to the penalty and abatement proceedings in the Severability – Penalties section (Chapter 17.10) of this title.

“In addition to any costs, assessments, or restitution the court may impose, the fine shall not be less than $250 per violations plus $2.50 per day in which the person is found in violation, and shall not exceed $1,000 per violation plus $10 per day in which the person is found in violation.”

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