DUBOIS – Whether the new sign ordinance in the City of DuBois is unfair to political speech became a topic of discussion during the public comments Monday night.
The ordinance calls for the removal of political signs by seven days after the relevant election or referendum. It was pointed out by John Balliet that there was no mechanism in the ordinance for forced removal of the signs in challenging the ordinance. Balliet argued that such a rule could unfairly affect first time runners for local offices.
City Solicitor Toni Cherry defended the ordinance on the reasoning it was meant to keep signs from remaining up long after the elections. City Council Member Randy Schmidt stated he knew of Marc McCracken and Straub election signs that were still standing. Cherry stated that she felt it was part of the responsibility of running for office to have the signs taken down.
“If we need to tweak it bring me the cases and sites, and I will look into it,” said Cherry.