• Bill Raines

City of Bedford Changes Stance on Enforcement of Sign Ordinance on Political Campaigns

BEDFORD - (February 28, 2022) - The City of Bedford has changed is position in enforcing the placement of campaign signs.




(Note John Lee's campaign was not aware of the complaints received by the Lawrence County Zephyr)



On Sunday, Lawrence County Zephyr ran an editorial in regard to the political sign's enforcement in the City of Bedford.




Two political campaigns contacted the Lawrence County Zephyr and stated the city asked them to remove political signs that were place in the city limits. Other campaigns were advised they could not place signs until 30 more days ahead of the primary.



In official statement from the mayor's office, they following policy was put out by the City of Bedford.





During the last, election a political candidate stated the city asked his sign to be removed and replaced with temporary signs because it did not meet the sign ordinance.


" I was told that that I could place my signs 60 days prior to the election, " said one candidate. " With early voting there was not enough time to get the signs placed in Bedford with the early voting,"


The city enforced portions of the last election with the following ordinance.

(1) Political signs shall be allowed on private property in residential districts with the property owner’s permission subject to the following requirements and restrictions:

(a) They shall not be erected in tree plats or on city easements or otherwise project over or upon public property.

(b) They shall not be posted before April 1st for Primary Elections and October 1st for General Elections.

(c) They shall be removed no later than 10 days after the election.

(d) The sign surface area shall not exceed twelve (12) square feet and may be double-sided.

(2) Political signs shall be allowed in non-residential districts, both on-premise and off-premise, with the property owner’s permission, subject to the following requirements and restrictions:

(a) They shall not be erected in tree plats or on city easements or otherwise project over or upon public property.

(b) They shall not be posted before April 1st for Primary Elections and October 1st for General Elections.

(c) They shall be removed no later than 10 days after the election.

(d) The sign surface area shall not exceed one hundred (100) square feet and may be double-sided.

(e) The setback of these signs will be 25 feet, except for billboard, which will be 50 feet.


The coverage of this year's election will be forthcoming in the next few weeks.


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