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Matt Harrington Beacon News Article Aldermanic Sign Violates Size

Matt Harrington Beacon News Article Aldermanic Sign Violates Size

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AURORA — An aldermanic candidate’s political yard sign has been found in violation of a city ordinance.
Matt Harrington, a candidate for the City Council seat in the far East Side’s 9th Ward, said shortly after putting up a campaign sign in his yard, he received a notice that the sign was too large and in violation of a city ordinance
AURORA — An aldermanic candidate’s political yard sign has been found in violation of a city ordinance.
Matt Harrington, a candidate for the City Council seat in the far East Side’s 9th Ward, said shortly after putting up a campaign sign in his yard, he received a notice that the sign was too large and in violation of a city ordinance

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Aurora: Aldermanic candidate’s signviolates rules
By Stephanie Lulay slulay@stmedianetwork.com September 21, 2012 2:50PM
AURORA — An aldermanic candidate’s political yard sign has been found inviolation of a city ordinance.Matt Harrington, a candidate for the City Council seat in the far East Side’s 9thWard, said shortly after putting up a campaign sign in his yard, he received a noticethat the sign was too large and in violation of a city ordinance
 
City spokesman Kevin Stahr said the owner of the home in the 3200 block of AndoverDrive received a notice from the city on Sept. 12 stating that the size of the sign was inviolation of the city ordinance regarding political signs. The homeowner is KarenWatson, who Harrington said is his roommate.According to municipal code, political signs in a single-family residential area can beno more than 6 square feet in area, or 2-feet by 3-feet. According to Harrington, thesign in the yard is 7-feet by 4-feet.“In single-family or residential areas, we want to make sure the standards are high toprotect the quality of life for residents. That’s what people have come to expect,”Stahr said.The homeowner has until Thursday to comply with the ordinance by removing thesign, Stahr said.The city’s customer service call center fielded a call about the sign on Sept. 11 and theproperty standards division was sent out to inspect the sign the next day, officials said.Harrington said other local politicians have signs around town that also violate cityordinance. He said he has not decided if he will take his sign down.“We’re talking to lawyers and the ACLU. We think it might be a freedom of expression since it’s on private property,” Harrington said. “(My lawyer) likes the 1stAmendment aspect of this.”If the homeowner does not remove the sign, an administrative hearing will take place,Stahr said. If the homeowner is found in violation of the ordinance, there are potentialfines.

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