Ordinance questions raised from area campaign signs

Published 12:10 am Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Signs promoting Adams County Sheriff Chuck Mayfield for the August election stand in the front yards of houses on Pecanwood Drive despite a city ordinance that states campaign and political signs are not allowed more than 60 days prior to an election. (Sam Gause / The Natchez Democrat)

Signs promoting Adams County Sheriff Chuck Mayfield for the August election stand in the front yards of houses on Pecanwood Drive despite a city ordinance that states campaign and political signs are not allowed more than 60 days prior to an election. (Sam Gause / The Natchez Democrat)

NATCHEZ Residents of Natchez would do well to remember a city ordinance governing election signs, said City Planner Frankie Legaux.

Despite reports of county election signs being erected recently, Legaux and Code Enforcement Officer Anita Smith said they have not yet received any complaints regarding the timing or placement of such signs.

“Still, though, I went ahead and made copies of our ordinance and put out a stack of them at the planning department’s front desk in case anyone comes in with questions,” Legaux said.

Smith said once a candidate qualifies to run in an election, the planning department sends them a letter listing what’s allowed and what’s not allowed in terms of campaign signs.

According to that ordinance, campaign and political signs are not allowed more than 60 days before or later than seven days after an election.

Those candidates eliminated by a primary or runoff election must remove their signs within seven days after that election.

Adams County’s primary election will be Aug. 4, with a runoff election scheduled for Aug. 25. The general election will be Nov. 3.

The total area of election signs cannot measure greater than 8 square feet per lot.

Also, the ordinance states such signs must be on private property or in a kiosk on public property. And such signs must be at least five feet from the road and at least 100 feet from the nearest curb intersection.