Claremore has an ordinance forbidding placement of advertising signs — politcal or otherwise — in the city right-of-ways.

In a letter specifically addressed to announced candidates for local, state and national office, City Director of Operations, Matt Mueller gave notification that “illegal signs will be confiscated and repeat offenders may face fines up to $200.

The ordinance ruling advertising on rights-of-ways, states “it is unlawful for any person, firm, or corporation to erect or display any advertising sign (political or otherwise) or advertising of any other character upon any public utility easement, street, alley, sidewalk, or any other public right of way within the City.”

Signs in the public right-of-way (including roadway medians) impede mowing crews from completing there duties, may block sight triangles in the roadway, and negatively affect the aesthetic value of the community by giving a cluttered look to public property.

“We wish to inform you of this ordinance so that you and your campaign team can place your campaign signs in appropriate places,” Mueller wrote.

Mueller said the city understands political signs are “a great expense to you and we want to be good community partners with your campaign.”

The placement of political signs on private property is encouraged (with property owner or resident’s permission) as long as it is out of the right-of-way. A good rule of thumb to follow is to place signs behind the sidewalk or the utility pole line (whichever is farther back).