For the Herald
FAIRBORN — The political season will kick off with the March 15 primary election, sparking political signage to be visible throughout the city.
While the presidential primary may be at the forefront of everyone’s mind, there are also issues locally that will generate political signs throughout the city. No sign may be located within the public or railroad right-of-way. This means that no signs can be positioned in the area between the curb and the sidewalk, such as the Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) right-of-ways, which include areas around on ramps/exit ramps associated with I-675 and state routes.
Signs can be placed on private property only with the consent of the property owner. In residential districts, the sign cannot exceed six square feet and may be no taller than four feet. In non-residential districts, the sign cannot exceed six square feet and may be no taller than six feet. Regardless of which district a sign is in, political signs may not be illuminated.
Community Development Director Mike Gebhart said his department will mail out letters regarding the specifications of political signs Jan. 19-20.
“The city wants to be proactive and head off any confusion early on. By contacting candidates and issue chairs regarding political signs prior to election season, this notice helps to address common misconceptions on sign placement,” Gebhart said. “This will help to make the campaign season run more smoothly and without difficulty.”
The notice regarding political signs will allow for candidates and chairs to provide contact information so they can be notified of any signs collected as a result of being improperly placed. Signs that have been removed by city personnel from prohibited areas are stored at the City of Fairborn Street Division building located at 300 N. Third Street.
Any questions regarding the legislation that directs the use of political and temporary signs in the city, can be responded to by calling 937-754-3050.