Garage sale signs fall within ordinance
As the end of the week approaches, garage sale signs are a common sight across town. However what many don't realize is that posting them on public property is illegal within the Price city limits. Police have not traditionally had very many issues with the signs, but within the past two years people have been reluctant to take them down.
"We have about 90 percent cooperation when we ask people to take down their signs, but the problem is when people who live outside city limits put them up and never take them down," said Byron Allred, the Price ordinance compliance officer.
Allred indicated that for the most part city police simply ask that the signs be removed after the sale is over. Because the code is classified similar to a traffic violation they can fine people if necessary. However such fines have been rare in part because no fine schedule exists and because of the high compliance rate.
Sign offenses are classified as a civil offense and fines are typically recommended by officers, but if a defendent chooses to fight the charge, a judge can levy fines.
Options are still available for placing sale signs however.Allred recommends that people put them in places where they will easily remember where they are, such as the three shopping centers in town. They can also be placed on private property with permission, but some private property such as telephone polls are not advised.