Parties find common ground: On campaign signs

To the Editor:

Campaign Season 2012 is in full swing and many of Fairfield’s civic minded citizens are proudly displaying campaign signs for the candidate of their choice. However, it is important to remember that our town does have regulations regarding political signs.

The following guidelines were agreed upon by both Fairfield’s Republican and Democratic town committees in 1995. The guidelines were established to create uniformity, prevent any public safety hazards and reduce visual pollution during and outside of the usual campaign season.

1. Maximum Size: 28 inches by 44 inches.

2. Length of Time of Display: 30 days before a primary election, special election or referendum, and 60 days before a general election.

3. Removal: Within two weeks of the day the election is held. [Editor’s Note: Nov. 20, for 2012.]

4. Maintenance: In good repair and in safe condition.

5. Location: Sign placed on private property far enough back from the paved portion of any road as to not obstruct clear vision of any public way by either motorists or pedestrians.

6. Location in town or state right-of-ways are prohibited and strictly enforced.

Generally, our town rules allow signs on properties only with the express permission of the property owner.

It is not OK to put signs at the end of exit ramps, near traffic signs, on the highway, or on any town property.

It is not OK to take signs from the lawns of your neighbors. We are already hearing reports of signs being taken off the lawns of private homes. This is not an appropriate form of political protest, and in fact, may be trespassing.

We will be out making sure our campaign signs are in compliance and we will be removing all signs placed on town and state property. If you see a sign that is in the wrong place, please contact Town Planning & Zoning, 203-256-3050.

Please respect the property rights, political views and free speech of your neighbors. There are many ways you can help your candidates. Both parties have conspicuous campaign offices in downtown Fairfield. Stop by and say hello!

We thank all Fairfielders for their cooperation and wish all candidates the best of luck!

 

Jamie Millington

Chairman

Fairfield Republican Town Committee

 

Ellery Plotkin

Chairman

Fairfield Democratic Town Committee

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