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The Ellis County Press

WILMER – A dispute over signs being removed from the right-of-way unfolded after councilman Eugene Lowe, seeking re-election this May, had concerns over the city issuing a removal last Friday afternoon.

According to city ordinance, political signs may be erected at dwelling premises with no limitation as to their number. Lots that abut streets where sidewalks exist shall locate the signs between the sidewalk and the structure. Lowe claimed the signs were not going to be returned and he was going to file a complaint with the Dallas County Sheriff’s office.

The letter sent out to all candidates last week cited section 393.002 and 393.0026 from the Texas transportation code that a person may not place a sign on the right-of-way of a public road unless the placement of the sign is authorized by state law.

A person commits an offense if the person places a sign in violation of this chapter which is a class C misdemeanor.

Fire Chief Marcus Smith, also delegated as co-compliance officer for the city said, "The signs were all taken back to the candidates and they were in understanding of the law and placed them just a few feet back than where they were before."

The city attorney Michael Halla and Texas Municipal League were contacted before the letter was sent and the signs were removed. "The City of Wilmer officials are just asking that each and every candidate follows the city and state laws, regardless of the way it was done in the past," said City Secretary Alice Holloway.

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