Yard sale signs yanked if on public property

Municipal workers with the Town of Qualicum Beach will remove any yard sale or other signage that’s improperly posted on public property, says Al Cameron, and he said there are a few good reasons for doing so.

Municipal workers with the Town of Qualicum Beach will remove any yard sale or other signage that’s improperly posted on public property, says Al Cameron, and he said there are a few good reasons for doing so.

Cameron, the public works superintendent for the town, was responding to complaints about yard sale signs being removed on the weekend.

“People can only put up signs on their own property or on private property,” Cameron said. “If we see them on public property, we have a sign bylaw that says they must be removed.”

Cameron said signs posted on telephone poles can impede drivers’ sight lines at intersections. As well, he said he has had at least one instance of a sign being pounded in right on top of a water line by a flower bed, causing a rupture and resulting mess.

“We won’t notice it until the irrigation comes on and then we have a hell of a mess to clean up,” he said. “It’s quite a nightmare for us sometimes.

He added that signs placed on telephone or other poles are sometimes only half taken down afterwards and there have been instances when they have just been left entirely.

The signs, he added, can also be a distraction to drivers.

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