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Cleaning Up the Median

Springfield Supervisor Herrity presents ideas for making county medians free of campaign placards.

The Fairfax County Board of Supervisors on Tuesday approved a motion aimed at clamping down on the number of campaign signs lining area roadways.

The motion, introduced by Springfield Supervisor Pat Herrity says that:

  •  The county supports legislation that would remove from the Virginia Code restrictions that apply only to Fairfax County with respect to the removal of political signs from VDOT rights-of-way.
  • Direct the County Executive to develop and present to the Board cost- effective options for removal of signs from the right-of-way including leveraging the use existing staff, part-time resources, VDOT and organizations or groups that currently remove signs (such as the Town of Herndon, Reston Association, Fair Lakes League, Burke Center Conservancy and Adopt a Highway groups) and present them for discussion at an upcoming Development Process Committee meeting.
  • Direct the County Attorney to draft an agreement between the Board and the Commonwealth Transportation Commissioner that would authorize the Board to remove all signs from VDOT rights-of-way for discussion at an upcoming Development Process Committee meeting.
  • Investigate and consider a suggestion made by Mason Supervisor Penny Gross to increase the bond posted for signs in the county from $100 to up to $1,000.

"The recently completed election cycle saw 99 candidates run for office in Fairfax County, and with them many thousands of campaign signs joined the bright yellow Junk B Gone and other advertising signs that litter our median strips and roadways," Herrity said in an email to constituents. "It is past time that Fairfax County move to address these illegally placed signs."

 

DAVE December 09, 2011 at 02:33 PM
Is this really what you want VDOT and police doing in these fiscally desperate times. The sign police?
DAVE December 09, 2011 at 02:33 PM
I'm pretty sure you are.
kuku@ukuk.net December 09, 2011 at 07:17 PM
"Is this really what you want VDOT and police doing in these fiscally desperate times. The sign police?" Yes, unless candidates begin to obey the law, that is really what most taxpayers want VDOT to do, and it is in fact excatly what VDOT is supposed to do under the laws as they stand. BTW, No one mentioned anything about the police. If you're worried about this breaking the bank, spare VDOT some OT, and under the color of the Adopt-a-Highway program, help out with litter (including signs . . .) removal, as is seems that you have an inordinate amount of time to spend posting here.
D. Feller December 09, 2011 at 08:12 PM
I've noticed even today (Dec 9th) that the last political sign I've spotted in Route 7s' median is asking readers to re-elect the sheriff who, of course, won the election. I quip that "certainly he isn't going to fine himself." Otherwise I agree that ALL signs should be kept from anywhere drivers' sight lines are impaired, and wherever the law says they should be banned from being there. I appreciate that Virginia's anti billboard laws make the highways and "Virginia Byways" much more scenic.
Mollie December 10, 2011 at 03:00 AM
Sadly, they may want to take it a step further and deal with the MAJOR litter problem here in the Mason District.

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