City leaders tackle ‘litter on a stick'

Friday, February 29th 2008, 11:20 pm
By: News 9

By Rusty Surette, NEWS 9

Oklahoma City council members are considering a proposal to let citizens take the law into their own hands.

City leaders are voting on a proposal Tuesday to allow volunteers to remove illegally placed yard signs.

A sign becomes illegal when it's placed too close to a street's right of way. That could be a hazard to drivers, officials said.

"In the last couple of years the city council has gotten really tough on the sign ordinances," city spokeswoman Kristy Yager said.

Yager is leading the "sign sweep" operation in Oklahoma City and said it's been tough keeping the illegal signs off the streets.

"It's hard to catch these people," she said. "They are very slippery."

Even with four employees roaming the streets and picking up the illegal signs, there's still an on-going problem with what City Councilman Larry McAtee calls "litter on a stick".

McAtee spends his personal time picking up illegal signs and said he supports the idea of allowing properly trained volunteers and groups to do the same.  If the rest of the city council agrees next Tuesday, Oklahoma City will get help in picking up what some city leaders consider an eye-sore.

Ward 5 Councilman Brian Walters said he doesn't think the ordinance will help solve the problem.

He said it's a bad idea to give citizens the power to enforce city ordinances.