Following its recent success of getting an unsightly fence project on the Scenic Byway cleaned up, the Town of Cedaredge is planning to crack down on yard sale signs placed in public rights-of-way along Grand Mesa Drive (Highway 50).
CDOT is being singled out as a major reason for the toughened enforcement regimen.
Yard sale signs placed along the highway on private property with the owner's permission are not affected.
Violators would be issued warnings, and then ticketed for a town code violation on a second incident. This comes as the trustees plan to establish mandatory $50 court appearance fees for municipal code offenders. Also, last month trustees raised the maximum allowable municipal court fine from $1,000 to $2,650. (See related story on court fees.)
Town officials said during a Sept 12 work session they are being pressured by CDOT for strict enforcement of rules on yard sale signs in the highway corridor.
The town has received at least one verbal complaint from CDOT about the sign-age. "There was never a written complaint" from CDOT, explained Town Administrator Katie Sickles.
"CDOT has asked us to enforce our own codes," said Mayor Pat Means. "Our ordinance has been in effect for a long time. We have a complaint from CDOT and they can fine the town. They can come back on us. We have the complaint; they want us to clean up."
Trustee Gene Welch suggested that CDOT might cut the tall weeds in its own Highway 65 right-of-way before expecting the town to crack down on local yard sale signs.
Sickles replied that CDOT had cut weeds earlier that same day. Welch noted that the Sept. 13 cutting was the first one CDOT has done all season.
Town policy is to respond to code enforcement matters (i.e. weeds, animals, signage) only after receiving a complaint.
Police policy is now to issue a warning letter to anyone found having a yard sale sign in the public right-of-way. That applies to all public rights-of-way in town. But the enforcement focus will be on Grand Mesa Drive. "The highway is your biggest eyesore," Police Chief Robert Yant told the trustees.
A second incident will bring a citation and summons to municipal court.blog comments powered by Disqus